Interviewing

7 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Job Interviews

You've heard the obvious job interview advice: don't be late, don't dress inappropriately, and don't curse your former employer. You've been around the block—you know this stuff.
What ELSE might be going wrong? Here a few things I've observed in my years of working with clients.

1) Being Cocky
They're good at what they do, they know it, and they communicate that they're somehow above the process. Some others don't prepare because "I'm really good at interviewing." Others underestimate what's coming and just wing it.
2) Not being able to articulate your skills
I've seen a lot of very accomplished people who can't articulate their skills, especially people who haven't had to look for work in a long time. Unless you can clearly articulate how you produce value, your chances of getting hired are close to nil.

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How do I answer, during an interview or job application if I was fired from my job?

It is always difficult to be terminated from a position, and we are not always clear about the reasons. The first issue is to reconcile the reason for yourself, as you may or may not ever fully know the actual truth. Either way, as you approach your next interview, you must NEVER indicate any hard feelings about a past employer. Rule #1 in any interview situation is never to speak poorly about a previous employer or co-workers, as it will only reflect negatively about you.

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