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What Not to Say During an Interview

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The truth is most people sabotage their own interviews. Instead of putting their best foot forward, they put off the interviewer by acting cocky, unsure of their talent, having bad manners, or by simply acting weird. GovCentral has interviewed several recruitment experts to bring you unbelievable true stories of what actually happens behind interview doors. If you want to land that new job, follow this interview advice from the interview experts:

Acting Cocky Doesn’t Help You>>

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    polo2014

    12 days ago

    454 comments

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    NewJerseys

    almost 4 years ago

    8 comments

    It's always better to play safe. Practicing an interview with your friend will help you in the real one. Good luck and thanks for the guidelines. http://www.newrugbyshirts.co.uk/guinness-premiership/bath/

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    hasel001

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Why trust any article whose headers are in the always reprehensible Comic Sans?

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    kzjagman

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    ADVICE PLEASE??? 5 months ago...yes, 5 months ago, I interviewed for a position with a Federal Agency in another state. I had to pay my own travel expenses, but since my preliminary phone interview had been outstanding, and since I knew I was a finalist for one of 2 positions, I spent the money ($700). My in person interview lasted 4 hours and went great. I was completely prepared, professional, at ease, etc. The hiring official (also the department head) told me they would make a decision in 3 weeks. a Month went by and nothing. Then 6 weeks. Finally, I called and was told the manager had been out of town for 10 days, but was going to be getting around to the decision soon, probably 2 weeks. I waited. 3 weeks passed. I called back again, and was again told that the manager had been busy and out of town, but that I was still a strong finalist for the position. I said ok, thank you. They said 2 weeks again, and I waited. At 2 weeks I called again, and was told of the busy schedule....again. Then, I got an e-mail from the manager and she wanted to speak with me. I thought, great! This is it. But it was just another (3rd) interview on the phone basically. She told me she was going to contact my references and be in touch "in 2weeks". Again, 2 weeks passed and no one contacted my references. That was 2 months ago now. I e-mailed the manager 2 weeks ago and she thanked me for my patience and said I was still being considered for one of the 2 available positions. I am going insane! Does anyone have a clue as to what is going on here? I really wanted that job, and was extremely qualified for it, but I keep getting the run around from the hiring manager.

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    uniqlimosvc

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I would add: don't be axious. I was interviewing a candidate for a job in the mail room for an unnamed company. As I proceeded further into the interview, the candidate would interupt me more and more, attempting to change the subject about her previous employers and the circumstances of her departure. By the time we got to the end of this fiasco, it was obvious to me that she was desperate. A red flag went up.... After interviewing all candidates, the first thing I did was contact her 3 previous employers.. I found that this person had filed sexual harrassment charges in all three whenver she didn't get her way. I was glad that I listened to my intutition. Needless to say, my boss was very appreciative that I had went the extra mile, which saved the company all around. To show their appreciation I was given a bonus and an increase in salary.

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    vernonbryson

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Very good advice indeed! I hate going thru an interview not knowing how it turned out. However, patience and tolerence can be the most helpful tools following the interview. Being confident in knowing you did your best will ease the impatience you may experience. Good luck all!

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    amandahill

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Finally, if you are asked, “What is the least favorite thing you like to do?” Do not answer, “Interview.”

    Really? I think this might depend on the interviewer. I've had interviewers before who joked about how much they hate doing interviews, so I think in that situation it wasn't too bad for me to say, "yeah, and I hate being interviewed!" But I could be wrong. I just think that a little bit of light humor can sometimes be useful to break the tension. I even had one interviewer offer me "a toy to play with in case you get too nervous" right off the bat. I didn't take it of course, but chuckled to show I appreciated the jesture.

    But I can see how humor can be risky, so when in doubt it's probably best to not attempt it. The rest of the advice here seems sound. I think I'm especially good at the last two, don't get personal and leave some things unsaid, which are related. I always keep on-topic and make sure every answer I give is relevant to the question of why this person should hire me.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    "Acting Cocky Doesn’t Help You" unless your applying for a job as a rooster in a hen house.

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    RIBuckeye

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great article. Thanks!!

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    kenschieber

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Don't ask if they have a donut club.......get's them looking at you in a different light for sure.

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    DLHarrison

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Common sense and very gd reminders..

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    vmmckane

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    vic

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    jyl

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Fantastic !!

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    maiko7

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    nice and helpful

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    Lorelee

    almost 5 years ago

    14 comments

    have a nice day

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