Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job

By Tony Beshara | Go to book overview

Appendix: Some Important Lists
for Job Hunters

Top Twelve Interview Mistakes Entry-Level
Candidates Make

1. Candidates didn’t research the company. They didn’t know the CEO’s name, the size of the company, its business, the market cap, the ticker symbol (for public companies), etc.

2. Candidates didn’t sell themselves or forgot to communicate: “This is what I can do for you, because this is what I have done in school, and for others.”

3. Candidates were nervous, had poor body language, or didn’t look the interviewer in the eye. They obviously didn’t practice interviewing or selling themselves. They say things like, “What would you like to know about me?”

4. Candidates didn’t have a real understanding of the position (i.e., not doing their homework about the job) or didn’t even ask about the position’s responsibilities.

5. Candidates were not enthusiastic or did not demonstrate a level of commitment to work, the position, or the industry.

6. Candidates didn’t share insights into their personal lives that would carry over into their work.

7. Candidates didn’t know what is on their resume. For example, when they were asked a question about a part-time or summer job, they didn’t remember much about it.

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