5 Things You Should Not do in a Job Interview

5 Things You Should Not do in a Job Interview

It’s a potential life-changing event—yet so many people get it wrong. Going for an interview for a position you really want, which could have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life, is daunting. Here are 5 things NOT to do on a job interview.

1. Don’t Be Unprepared.
Do not make the mistake of going into an interview without researching the industry, the company, the boss, and as much as you can about the specific position. The person interviewing should have gone out of his way to become knowledgeable and find out in advance everything he could about the enterprise he wants to work for.

2. Don’t Trash Your Current Employer
You may not be happy at your current company, but an interview is not the time or the place to vent. If you speak ill of your current employer what’s to say you won’t speak ill of the company you are interviewing for? Don’t trash talk anyone. You don’t want to gain a reputation for negativity.

3. Don’t Be Evasive
A good interviewer will ask plenty of direct questions. Be ready to provide direct answers. Honesty is the best policy. A good interviewer will watch your body language and inflection of voice for any telltale evasions.

4. Do Not Talk Money
There’s a time and a place to discuss salary, bonuses, and perks of the job. And it’s not at the initial interview unless it’s something the interviewer raises. Your compensation package is obviously a matter for major discussion—when you know you’re going to get offered something. Then you can always negotiate from a position of strength.

5. Not Following Up
You might not think you have performed well in an interview but a simple email reiterating your interest in the position is a courtesy that might just pay off in the long run.

Even the most seasoned professional can get flustered and spoil their chances at landing a job they are interviewing for, so with a little preparation you can avoid falling foul of these common interview blunders.

4 Career Enhancing New Year’s Resolutions

Here we are again…. time for New Year’s Resolutions. It’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions that will help enhance your career, and make showing up to work on Monday mornings a tad bit easier.

Here are four simple resolutions to get you started:

1.Focus on work that gets results, and track your success.
Begin to adopt a results-driven attitude by working to achieve goals and objectives, rather than just collecting a paycheck. Start by creating a list of tasks that are needing attention. Feel good about yourself as you cross off tasks you have completed! Take it one step further and create a daily report of all that you have accomplished, which can help improve organization and impress management!
2.Update your resume — even if you are not currently looking for work…
Updating a resume is one of the simplest ways to track accomplishments, accolades, and accurately reflect all that you are capable of doing. Always be prepared for internal and external job opportunities … What accomplishments can help you to move ahead the coming year? How can you create new opportunities?”
3.Go for a New Skill
It is always beneficial and lucrative to add a skill to make you more job competitive. Take a class (online or onsite) to add that missing skill to your skillset. Add it to you resume, and if it’s super critical to the job, mention your newly acquired skill in your cover letter. If your job skills generally fall in line with what’s listed, learn a foreign language.
4.Shoot for the Moon
If you’re in a rut and haven’t been able to budge your career forward, you might want to set your sights a bit higher. Don’t be intimidated by the “perfect candidate” job descriptions in job listings, or by the endless “must haves” HR managers and recruiters list for that plum job. Keep in mind that these “applicant must-haves” represent a wish list. They rarely expect a candidate to meet all these requirements. What they’re often looking for is not an exact match, but the right skill set. Use specific examples in your resume and cover letter. Focus on transferable skills. So shoot for the moon. Send in that cover letter and resume. You may just be the best candidate for the position.

New Year’s resolutions can be daunting, and career enhancement can be challenging to all. Following these four simple tips will point you in the right direction to start 2015!

3 Short Term Goals to Keep in 2015

1 A short term goal is any goal that you set for yourself that can be accomplished within 12 months or less. Without these short term goals, bigger, life altering changes become harder to envision and, as a result, probably won’t get done. Today we are discussing three examples of short term goals to set for yourself in several different facets of your life.

Here are three short term goals to keep in 2015:

Career Goals

Enhance the work experience for yourself and for others by implementing simple ways to provide an environment where you and your co-workers can not only succeed, but also thrive.

  • Show up to work on time
  • Increase your speed and accuracy
  • Finish your projects in a timely manner
  • If others try to contact you, make sure you respond quickly
  • Manage your time better
  • Keep your workplace tidy and clean
  • Have a good attitude
  • Keep your resume updated
  • Learn new skills
  • Try to cut costs
  • Keep breaks at minimum
  • Recognize and appreciate others’ work
  • Get rid of work-related stress

 

Personal Development Goals

Improving this part of your life will have a lasting effect on both you and your loved ones. Success is gaged by one’s willingness to never stop growing and learning.

  • Restructure your priorities
  • Hang out with friends more often
  • Visit your family more
  • Volunteer your time
  • Have a better outlook on life
  • Identify your values and stick to them
  • Read more
  • Learn how to do more things
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Stay away from negativity
  • Stay away from stress stressful situations
  • Work on communication
  • Avoid conflict
  • Go to the doctor

Financial Goals

Realizing and living within your means is difficult to do, but will ultimately eliminate a lot of stress from your life.

  • Set up a checking and savings account
  • Set up a daily, weekly, and monthly budget for yourself
  • Cut out unnecessary spending
  • Get help from an investment advisor
  • Eliminate any debt you may have
  • Save up for a vacation
  • Make sure you have money coming in
  • Live within your means
  • Take advantage of any automatic services your bank may offer, like ones that pay bills or put money into savings automatically
  • Keep track of all transactions

Hopefully we were able to motivate and inspire you to take care of something big that’s been hanging over your head that you have been wanting to accomplish.