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Don't Make Mistakes at Your Interview

By Barbara Thorp

This article's title may seem like an oxymoron; after all you really are not supposed to make mistakes during an interview. Unfortunately, regardless of how good your resume may be, if you make mistakes at your interview, you might as well not have come in the first place.

Sounds harsh, eh? But that's the real world. This is not to say that companies are in search only of perfect, flawless droids who never ever make mistakes, but it's best that you present yourself in the job interview in the best light possible. During your online job search, you may encounter problems. Some can be overcome very easily, others happen without thinking. So when you are called in for your job interview, whatever you do, rehearse each and every step you may come across with your interviewer.

If you have a friend who works in the human resources department, then he or she might give you advice on what and what not to do during a job interview, as they know these things the best. Otherwise, you can just rehearse the interview with a friend who's willing to grill you and assess your answers.

Here are a few other tips you will want to know before you show up for that interview and land that job.

Communicate well
Even if the job you are applying for doesn't require you to be articulate (e.g. web developer, technician), it still pays to be vocal during the interview. Make eye contact with your job interviewer, give a firm handshake, stand tall, and speak clearly and audibly. Feel confident and you will have won half the battle already.

Watch Your Body Language
Body language can make or break your chances at your job interview. The first impression you make will be the one and only lasting one and can be an excellent beginning to your interview or a very swift finale. Watch your body language then. Sit straight, don't slouch, and be relaxed as much as possible. Pay attention to to the job interviewer's body language so you can adjust yours in synch with his or hers.

Listen Attentively
Out of fear and nervousness, many of us get mental blocks during an interview, a not-so-promising scenario (especially when being asked why we left our last job.) Remember that your interviewer is going to ask you tough questions, and your demeanor during the whole process says a lot about how you can handle stress at the workplace.

Be attentive then. Of course if you are not attentive or cannot understand what your interviewer is trying to convey, you'll surely won't make it on the 'short list.'

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Barbara Thorp is an article contributor for Jobs section of

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