Picture the scene…
You’ve been running around for weeks, maybe even months doing everything you can to try and get yourself an interview for your dream job. You have given your CV a meticulous makeover, bought a brand new “I’d be amazing at this job” suit, practiced interview questions relentlessly, got yourself a great night’s sleep and then in one foul swoop you go and ruin your chances during the interview.
It’s truly a horrible feeling! The worst part is that quite often the mistake you have made has very little relevance to your ability to do the job well, however in today’s incredibly high pressured and competitive jobs market, it is just enough to swing the interviewers opinion in favour of someone else!
OK, so it’s not the end of the world if this happens, but it can be a huge disappointment and a significant blow to your confidence. We’ve put together a little list of some of the things you absolutely should not do in an interview to help you avoid shooting yourself in the foot.
1. Ask the question “How much does the role pay?”
2. Speak ill of your previous employer
4. Ask the question “What exactly does the job entail” or “What exactly does the company do?”
Read more about each of these three, all 5, and the complete article
The rules of job search have changed; in fact, some might say they have taken a 180-degree turn in recent years, particularly with the advent of social networking. The waters have become murkier than ever as career journalists vie for the attention of readers with click-generating headlines that are not necessarily in careerists’ best interests.
A recent article, Quit Using These 10 Words to Describe Yourself on LinkedIn, further clouds the waters with assertions that confuse and spurs frustration among many who coach and strategize daily with job seekers.
In her usual pragmatic way, Dawn Bugni, master resume writer and career coach, who has been collaborating with careerists for more than 12 years, says, “Job search, sales, marketing, communications in general is never black or white. To say, ‘don’t use these 10 words,’ does job seekers, living in job search’s gray land of it depends, a disservice. I find individuals every day struggling with preconceived, nonexistent rules in job search as it is.”
While overusing keywords can be problematic, the problem with completely abandoning use of such buzzwords is that employers still use those words in job postings. Because recruiters and hiring decision makers as well as automated tracking system (ATS) systems are tapping job posting keywords to unearth potential new hires, eliminating those words altogether can potentially eliminate you from the running.
Read the rest of the glassdoor article