Common Job Interview Mistakes: What NOT to Say or Do


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It’s true that a job seeker needs to stand out from the crowd—but there are good and bad ways to do that! Having all the right credentials and experience doesn’t count for much if a candidate comes off as unprepared, unmotivated, and unprofessional in an interview. This video shows how to avoid that fate with concrete advice from experts, eye-catching graphics that reinforce core concepts, and clear-cut dramatizations that illustrate interview dos and don’ts.

For newcomers to the job market, a firm grasp of the don’ts definitely comes in handy—after all, young people may not realize they should turn off their cell phones before an interview or refrain from asking too early about the position’s salary. From tips on ensuring punctuality to strategies for giving the most positive, team-oriented impression possible, this is a first-rate informational resource for employment counseling and business education.

Video Segments

1. Interview Mistakes Professionals share "horror" stories about mistakes interviewees make.

2. Prepare to Make a Good Impression: Punctuality The first step in making a good impression is to be punctual. Don't blame someone else for your lateness. Job seekers see an alternative way to handle lateness.
3. Prepare to Make a Good Impression: Focus In a mock interview, a young man provides irrelevant answers to questions, and then he answers his cell phone. After that he forgets what he was talking about. Do not reveal irrelevant information. Viewers see a successful interview.
4. Personal and Interpersonal Questions Answers to personal questions should include details about strengths, character, and work ethic. Answers to interpersonal questions should show how well you work with others, build relationships, and solve problems. Examples of questions are included.
5. How to Turn Weaknesses into Strengths In a mock interview, the candidate answers questions about his weaknesses. Self-aware people learn to recognize their weaknesses and turn them into strengths. A candidate demonstrates how this can be done in an interview.
6. Behavioral Interview Questions Behavioral questions are designed to show how you would act in certain situations. Answer briefly and specifically. Generic answers will get the candidate nowhere. Viewers see scenarios that demonstrate success and failure in answering behavioral questions.
7. General Interview Questions Candidates must show that they have researched the company and give specific reasons why they want to work there. Candidates demonstrate how to do this successfully and unsuccessfully. Never put anything on social media accounts that could jeopardize a job opportunity.
8. Judging Interview Performance Viewers watch two interview responses and choose and choose which is best one for a successful job interview. Always stay positive during the interview.
9. Non-Questions and Closing Interview A job interview begins the moment a candidate steps into the office. How a candidate relates to front office staff could be reason to reject the candidate. Bad manners drinking alcohol are unwise behaviors. Prepare in advance with some closing interview questions.

Grade: 9-12

Common Job Interview Mistakes: What NOT to Say or Do (DVD)
© 2012
Time: 25 Minutes

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