The most crucial part of job seeking is that all-important interview and how you ace it. You probably know how to handle an interview, what to wear and how to prepare for the questions. Despite all that, there are several things that you can do that will kill that job offer before it is even made.

You might not have interviewed in a long time. Interviewing skills need to be polished and prepared at all times, given the economical situation. Chances are, those skills could use a little polish. Invoke the use of a Career Coach if you need assistance.

Be professional with everyone in the company, including the lobby assistant

You never know whose feedback might be the nail on your job offer coffin. When you enter the premises of a company you want to work for, make sure that you are meticulously polite to everyone there, including the help staff. Even if you are stressed out, don’t say anything in front of anyone who could influence the hiring decision. Employers know that job seekers interact with the company staff that is not important to them such as receptionists with their guard down. Since these people are not the decision makers, job seekers tend not to pay them much notice. However, your entire behavior during an interview will be catalogued and considered before an offer is made, so be careful how you come across.

Don’t overshare personal information

If your resume has employment gaps, you might feel tempted to explain why you weren’t on the market immediately after being let go, or why you took a certain break and so on. Your reasons could range from illhealth, a sick parent, or any other dependency that might work against you when your candidacy is considered for the job. It’s best to anticipate questions on such gaps and be prepared with professional, reasonable sounding responses.

Don’t assume that your resume is self-explanatory

Your resume got you to your interview, but it stops there. Getting the job depends entirely on you. You need to explain your resume to your interviewer, and connect the dots for them by highlighting your work experience. Explain your achievements at each job and highlight what you learned at each place and how that relates to the position you are seeking.

Don’t be careless on social networking sites

You might have an account on LinkedIn, Twitter and perhaps Facebook. Your prospective employer will check how you come across in these networking sites. If the persona you present on your social networking sites is very different from what they perceived during the interview, you might not get the job. Keep your interactions professional on all your social networking accounts to avoid this occurrence.

by:  Anjela Mangrum, CPC

Anjela Mangrum is the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and machining manufacturing businesses to source and secure mid-to-upper level talent for operations, supply chain, and engineering positions.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x101.

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