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Don't Make Mistakes at Your Interview - Part 2

By Barbara Thorp

Take Down Notes
Ask you interviewer if you may jot down notes as the interview is taking place. This is so that you can ask the interviewer about the intricacies of the job or for some clarifications about the company. This shows you are eager for the position and want to know more about the prospective job. You might find that note-taking can even erase your nervousness, now that you have something to do with your hands instead of fidgeting with them.

Don't get too carried away with the note-taking though, or you'll confuse yourself with unnecessary details. Make sure your pen doesn't get in the way with your listening.

Don't Over talk
Know when to give a brief answer and when to elaborate. In your attempt to put yourself in a good light, you might end up citing such and such things, even if they are already beyond the question. Job interviewers are time-pressed; hence they want substance, not unnecessary details. Often, elaborating on an answer more than necessary is more disastrous than beneficial on your part. You could end up blurting things you don't mean.

Do not ramble on about trifling matters; that's talking yourself out the door. If you had rehearsed your answers, then you won't have to say any more than what's needed. But don't come off like a mindless robot either who's just reading from a script. Remember that this job interview is the gathering of important information to help you land this job; it is not a social event. Unless invited to venture to an off-topic answer by the interviewer, it's best stick to the topic.

What are those topics to stick to? The job requirements, your skills and expertise which you can contribute to the company, your strengths and other qualifications. Topics regarding salary are best discussed some other time.

Finally, Don't Look Desperate
Again out of fear, some people can't help but seem desperate in a job interview. A positive result of this is that interviewers may soften up on you and consider you for the job. But most often, desperation during an interview isn't a very good idea. If you seem desperate for the job, you'll lose much bargaining power during the job offer.

Keep in mind that interviewers may be nervous too. If you come in with a self-assured attitude and remain calm throughout, your interviewer will know that you can pull off any job required in the same positive manner.

Relax then, and allow the interviewer to evaluate your skill at being calm even in a difficult situation such as this.
It's time you regarded job interviews as frightening trips to the dentist or facing the guillotine. Job interviews can be a lot of fun. If you just let them and yourself be.

Online Jobs you may want to consult:, offers free job listings in Australia, articles and tips in getting a good job, another Australian-based job recruitment site offering both Australian part-time jobs and full time, an online job program by the Australian goverment., offers free jobs online with instant job application, free resume posting and browsing.
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Barbara Thorp is an article contributor for Jobs section of

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