WorkWise BlogTip: Avoid a fatal interview mistake

07/15/2013 12:01 AM

07/15/2013 12:25 AM


Kelly Walsh maintains that interviewers know that job seekers are a bit on edge when they interview ( That means some mistakes aren’t fatal. Which ones are?

“Don't tell us that the reason you left your last job is that you didn't like ‘hot, dusty and dirty’ work when you’re interviewing for a position as a firefighter,” she advises. “It is, after all, hot, dusty and (you guessed it) dirty on occasion.”

Although interviewers celebrate uniqueness, they only go so far. “When your name is something like Mary and you happen to pronounce it Má-r-why (but spell it Mary),” she says, “don't be horrified and correct everyone you meet with an eye-rolling, ‘you’re-an-idiot’ face.”

She points out that interviewers are trying and you should keep the implied promise on your resume that you’ll do the same.

Walsh cautions that if you made a fatal error, such as the above, “don't swear at the nice HR person for not getting the job and keep coming back and try to interview again. We remember you and the curse word. Very well. So try, try again somewhere else.”

Relax the next time instead, she suggests. Interviewers are rooting for you while the competition is taking fatal steps.

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