smart spending

Job interview mistakes to avoid

Bankrate Audio » Interview Mistakes To Avoid

Listen to audio

Editor's note: This is a transcript of the audio file.

With jobs scarce, you don't want to ruin your chances at finding one by blowing your job interview. I'm Dan Miranda with Bankrate's Personal Finance Minute.

So, you've made it to the interview stage for a new job. What could go wrong, right? Actually ... (pause) plenty. Here are 10 interview mistakes you don't want to make during your next face-to-face meeting for a job.

First, don't prepare for a generic job interview. Fit your expertise and career anecdotes into the description of the job, emphasizing why you're the perfect candidate.

Don't talk about your personal life and don't blather. Even if your interviewer seems like someone who is sympathetic, answer the interview question and then stop. Silent pauses are acceptable. They allow you and your interviewer to compose your thoughts.

You'll want to be positive. So don't complain about your past job. And it should go without saying, but don't under dress and don't show up late. Lastly, don't act like you'll need hand-holding. Prove you can start work on day one with a minimum of training.

For more advice on finding a job, go to Bankrate.com. I'm Dan Miranda.

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
REFINANCE HOME EQUITY AUTO CDs CREDIT CARDS
Product Rate Change Last week
30 year fixed refi 4.06%  0.10 4.16%
15 year fixed refi 3.17%  0.03 3.20%
10 year fixed refi 3.23%  0.02 3.25%
 
View Rates in your area Next
Product Rate Change Last week
30K FICO-based HELOC 4.30%  0.04 4.26%
50K FICO-based HELOC 3.97%  0.02 3.95%
100K FICO-based HELOC 3.81%  0.02 3.79%
 
View Rates in your area Next
Product Rate Change Last week
60 month used car loan 2.75%  0.10 2.85%
48 month used car loan 2.99%  0.07 3.06%
60 month new car loan 3.20%  0.05 3.25%
 
View Rates in your area Next
Product Rate Change Last week
1 Year CD 0.99%  0.01 0.98%
2 Year CD 1.22%  0.02 1.20%
5 Year CD 1.87%  0.04 1.83%
 
View Rates in your area Next
Product Rate Change Last week
Balance Transfer Cards 15.76%  0.01 15.77%
Cash Back Cards 16.44%  0.02 16.46%
Low Interest Cards 11.04% --0.00 11.04%
 
Next
advertisement
FRUGAL NEWSLETTER

Discover new ways to cut costs and save more every day. Reduce your spending, not life’s pleasures. Delivered weekly.

advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Connect with us