Avoid These Interview Bloopers Part 1

1. Poor handshake: The three-second handshake that starts the interview
is your first opportunity to create a great impression. But all too
often an interview is blown right from the start by an ineffective
handshake. Once you’ve delivered a poor handshake, it’s nearly impossible to
recover your efforts to build rapport. Here are some examples:

* The Limp Hand (or “dead fish”): Gives the impression of
disinterest or weakness

* The Tips of the Fingers: Shows lack of ability to engage.

* The Arm Pump: Sincerity is questionable, much like an overly
aggressive salesman.

Even if you’re a seasoned professional, don’t assume you have avoided
these pitfalls. Your handshake may be telling more about you than you
know. Ask for honest critiques from several friends who aren’t afraid to
tell you the truth.

2. Talking too much: In my recruiting days, I abhorred over-talkative
candidates. So did most of my client employers. Over-talking takes a
couple of forms:

* Taking too long to answer direct questions. The impression: This
candidate just can’t get to the point.
* Nervous talkers. The impression: This candidate is covering up
something or is outright lying.

To avoid either of these forms of over-talking, practice answering
questions in a direct manner. Avoid nervous talking by preparing for your
interview with role-play

3. Talking negatively about current or past employers/managers: The
fastest way to talk yourself out of a new job is to say negative things.
Even if your last boss was Attila the Hun, never, never state your ill
feelings about him/her. No matter how reasonable your complaints, you
will come out the loser if you show that you disrespect your boss because
the interviewer will assume that you would similarly trash him or her.
When faced with the challenge of talking about former employers, make
sure you are prepared with a positive spin on your experiences.

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