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April 14, 2014

Need to Fix those Fatal Interview Flaws?

5 Ways to Sabotage Your Interview Part II:  Tools That Can Help!

               Knowledge is power.  Part of professional development is knowing what you need to work on and using your resources to make adjustments.  The previous post 5 Ways to Sabotage Your Interview: Part I talked about common mistakes that could cost you the interview. Here are some tips and techie job search tools to fix those 5 sabotaging mistakes!

5.      Initiating Salary Talk:
You want to know what your skills and abilities are REALISTICALLY worth in the market; and you definitely want to make sure that you have done everything in your power to find out what the actual salary of the job is.   Develop a good salary range…the highest you are worth, based on the market and salary ranges for your type of skill; and the lowest you will accept, based on your financial responsibilities, in case the job is something you really want or need for professional development. The key to NOT wasting your time is making sure you are actually applying to jobs that you are a good fit for compensation and skill wise.  Use tools like Glassdoor.com, Indeed.com Salary Finder, Payscale.com, Salary.com to do your research.

4.      Not Presenting Your Accomplishments Clearly:
The goal here is to know your most valuable skills and what things have you done using those skills that you are most proud of or have really been a star at. Take inventory of those skills that are related to the duties and responsibilities of the job you are interviewing for.  Then rehearse a brief narrative of how you would explain what happened..  A good ole paper and pen/pencil, your noggin, and the job description. Click here for an article to some good accomplishment writing techniques.

3.      Not Doing Your Research:
Doing your research for an interview is not always easy.  If you have been searching for a long time or have put out many applications and you get a last minute call for an interview, you may not have time to prepare.  However, if nothing else do enough research to know what the company is all about and develop questions to ask the employer at the end. Search the company’s corporate web site, use glassdoor.com, LinkedIn, Facebook Graph Search any and everything that is available to you to show you are knowledgeable about the company and are interested in more than just a paycheck.  http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviews/qt/interviewtipcompany.htm

2.      Bad Mouthing Past Employers:
Just DON’T Do It!  Being aware that it happens and how it happens is enough to help most people refrain from slipping into this interview faux paux.  However, another way to prevent this from happening if you really did not like your previous employer and fear your feelings may come out is to rehearse those tough questions. 

Have a friend or an employment counselor sit with you and go over your toughest interview questions in a few mock interviews.  This gives you the chance to explore your reactions and come up with professional ways to respond.  Rehearse those professional answers and keep them ready for use in the interview. 
Here is a really cool interview app that lets you do your own mock interviews and play back your answers for review. 

1.      Not Dressing For Success:
Again you don’t have to be fashion forward for an interview. Your appearance needs to be clean, neat, appropriate for the setting, and professional.  Don’t know if you outfit is a go or a no go?  Check out this infographic I collected on my Pinterest Interview board. … Follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/KCCEmpowers/  for access to my hand selected pins to help you in your job search and career management!

Thanks for reading!

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