6 fac­tors that may cost you the job

NOW Magazine - Career Companion - - FRONT PAGE - Source: Bon­nie Lowe. Tons of tips for job seek­ers can be found at her Web site , www.Best-In­ter­view-Strate­gies.com

1. Be­ing un­pre­pared for the in­ter­view. Pre­pare, plan and prac­tise! In to­day's tough job mar­ket, you MUST do ev­ery­thing you can to give your­self an edge. Prepa­ra­tion is the key.

2. Not be­ing able to com­mu­ni­cate clearly and ef­fec­tively. Be­ing ner­vous can re­ally mess up your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Be­ing well pre­pared and prac­tis­ing what you're go­ing to say are al­ways your best bet.

3. Be­ing ag­gres­sive, ar­ro­gant or act­ing in a su­pe­rior way. No one wants to hire or work with peo­ple who think they're bet­ter than ev­ery­one else.

4. Mak­ing ex­cuses for fail­ings. Your teacher never bought “The dog ate my homework!” and your boss isn't go­ing to buy “The fi­nance depart­ment gave me the wrong fig­ures!” In the grown-up world, you have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what you are re­spon­si­ble for! You'll never earn re­spect by blam­ing oth­ers when things go wrong.

5. Say­ing un­favourable things about pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers. Even if you left a job be­cause the boss was an ego­ma­niac, don't ever say any­thing bad about him or her dur­ing an in­ter­view.

6. Hav­ing a poor/limp hand­shake. Why do peo­ple think you'll be a lousy em­ployee if you have a lousy hand­shake? That's not re­ally log­i­cal, is it? Doesn't mat­ter. It just turns peo­ple off and gives them a bad im­pres­sion of you. So make your hand­shake firm and con­fi­dent but not bone-crush­ing!

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