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Stop Wrecking Your Job Interviews – Twelve Things NOT To Do In A Job Interview.    A high-quality job interview coaching program should include everything you could need to conduct a highly successful interview campaign. You need to cover company research, questions and answers, how to practice, stress control, contingency planning, body language, eye contact, posture, hand usage, rapport building, selling yourself, negotiation, following up and self-coaching. As important as it is to know what you should be doing, it is very instructive to know what NOT to do. Here are a dozen things you should stop yourself from doing during any job interview.    870 words.
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Stop Wrecking Your Job Interviews
Twelve Things NOT To Do In A Job Interview



Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California



A high-quality job interview coaching program should include everything you could need to conduct a highly successful interview campaign. You need to cover company research, questions and answers, how to practice, stress control, contingency planning, body language, eye contact, posture, hand usage, rapport building, selling yourself, negotiation, following up and self-coaching.

As important as it is to know what you should be doing, it is very instructive to know what NOT to do in a job interview. Here are a dozen things you should stop yourself from doing during any job interview.

Twelve Things NOT To Do In A Job Interview

  • Job Interview Tip #1: Stop looking at the clock or your watch.

  • Job Interview Tip #2: Stop asking about pay, benefits, vacation and other non-essentials in the initial interview.

  • Job Interview Tip #3: Stop fidgeting with your jewelry, glasses, or pen.

  • Job Interview Tip #4: Stop going off-focus and wandering into content the interviewer did not ask you.

  • Job Interview Tip #5: Stop devolving into irrelevant personal data when you answer questions. Keep it business-like and professional.

  • Job Interview Tip #6: Stop doing all the talking. You should be having a conversation. If you are talking more than 40%, stop and begin asking the interviewer some questions.

  • Job Interview Tip #7: Stop bad-mouthing anyone or anything. Don't be a Gloomy Gus. Be a Happy Hal. Or a Happy Harriet.

  • Job Interview Tip #8: Stop looking away from the interviewer as you think about how to answer.

  • Job Interview Tip #9: Stop saying "That's a good question". It makes you sound trite and weak.

  • Job Interview Tip #10: Stop saying "Umm" and "You Know" to fill empty conversational space from feeling embarrassed in the silence.

  • Job Interview Tip #11: Stop answering the question you think the interviewer asked. Listen carefully and answer the real question.

  • Job Interview Tip #12: Stop thinking your job ends when the interview ends. Follow up with an email, letter, note or phone call later.

Remember these 12 important tips about what NOT to do in a job interview and your chances of success will increase dramatically.


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Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps organizations and professionals achieve more success in business, life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com), an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development, professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.

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