Avoid These Interview Bloopers Part 3

7. Not preparing for the interview: Nothing communicates disinterest
like a candidate who hasn’t bothered to do pre-interview research. On the
flip side, the quickest way to a good impression is to demonstrate your
interest with a few well thought out questions that reflect your
knowledge of their organization. [Editor's note: To ensure that you are
prepared, see our article, The Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Preparation.]

8. Verbal ticks: An ill-at-ease candidate seldom makes a good
impression. The first signs of nervousness are verbal ticks. We all have them
from time to time — “umm,” “like,” “you know.” Ignore the butterflies in
your stomach and put up a front of calm confidence by avoiding verbal
ticks. You can also sometimes avoid verbal ticks by pausing for a few
seconds to gather your thoughts before each response.

One of the best ways to reduce or eliminate them is through role-play.
Practice sharing your best success stories ahead of time, and you’ll
feel more relaxed during the real interview.

9. Not enough/too much eye contact: Either situation can create a
negative effect. Avoid eye contact and you’ll seem shifty, untruthful, or
disnterested; offer too much eye contact, and you’ll wear the interviewer
out. If you sometimes have trouble with eye-contact balance, work this
issue out ahead of time in an interview practice session with a friend.

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