Know What NOT to Do in Your Interview

Friday, December 9th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Interviewing is tough. That’s a fact. While it might seem impossible to ace your interview, depending on your interviewing skills and experience, there are mistakes to avoid in order to keep your interview safe. If you know what not to do, it can be as helpful as knowing what to do. A Forbes article examines the mistakes can harm your interview. There are certain things that you just never want to do on an interview for a job. You must know what to avoid! The article is spot on and we couldn’t agree more with the list of things to avoid doing when you’re interviewing! You can do it! Getting through your interview and making sure you can be in the running for the job can be done if you just avoid making major mistakes. Know what NOT to do in your interview!

Let’s take a look at what the article says you should NEVER do on a job interview…here’s what the don’ts are…

  • Don’t be late! – Avoid being late. It is unprofessional and looks bad. It is viewed as being rude.
  • Don’t arrive without knowing your facts about who you’re meeting with etc. – You need to know the facts! It will not look good if you don’t know what department your interviewer works in.  Also, you need to know who you are meeting with so that you can make sure there are no mix-ups upon arrival.
  • Don’t come unprepared! You will look like a slacker. Who wants to hire a slacker? Nobody does! Be prepared! It shows that you are someone that the team will want to work with and it shows that you are responsible. Bring copies of your resume. Bring a notebook to take notes. Write down questions you want to ask in the interview. Be prepared by bringing your materials with you to the interview.
  • Don’t come under-dressed! You will look unprofessional and sloppy if you come to the interview under-dressed. Always dress up! You can’t go wrong with looking nice. Over-dressed is better than under-dressed but try to get a feel for the company culture before you go to the interview and then dress accordingly.
  • Don’t show up without questions. If you show up without questions it will make you look like you are not interested.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer while he or she is talking. Interrupting is just plain rude! Don’t do it! Show respect because people want to have respectful employees.
  • Don’t forget the interviewer’s name or the company name when you are talking. This will look sloppy!
  • Don’t tell irrelevant stories. You need to be focused. Stay on the right topic. Don’t get distracted. If you must tell stories, make sure the stories are related to the job you are interviewing for or make sure they connect somehow to the job! You need to be professional and make sure you listen to the questions. Be sure to listen carefully so that when you do talk, you will be on point and specific in your discussion.
  • Don’t be rushed. It is not a good idea to schedule too tightly. You do not need to be hurrying through your interview. Show interest and make it clear that you want to be there.
  • Don’t leave without thanking the interviewer. You need to show appreciation to the interviewer. The interviewers are normally very busy people who take time out of their day to meet with you, so you must thank them for their time.

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Article to Share:Massachusetts up 61K jobs on the year, unemployment lowest in 15 years

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Massachusetts up 61K jobs on the year, unemployment lowest in 15 years

SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts lost 5,500 jobs in October, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Developmentand the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But the state’s unemployment rate continued to fall in October, going to 3.3 percent from 3.6 percent in September. At 3.3 percent, the state’s unemployment rate is within the range economists think of as “full employment,” when everyone who wants a job can find one in a reasonable period of time. It’s the lowest unemployment rate recorded in the state since April 2001.

Job gains occurred in the Professional, Scientific and Business Services, Manufacturing, and Other Services sectors, according to the state.

Local jobless rates for October won’t be available for a few weeks. But in September, the unemployment rate in the city of Springfield fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest level in nearly a decade, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Springfield’s unemployment rate was last this low in December of 2007, nearly nine years ago and prior to the Great Recession.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October.

Unemployment rates are derived from a survey of households. Jobs numbers come from a survey of employers and are revised based on payroll tax data because the survey can sometimes miss startups and fast-growing but small companies.

Details of the October state report:

  • Jobs on the month: Massachusetts lost 5,500 jobs in the month.
  • Jobs in September: The state gained 8,100 jobs in September compared to the previously published 5,100 job gain estimate.
  • Jobs on the year: Year-to-date, Massachusetts has added 61,300 jobs.
  • Unemployment rate: At 3.3 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down 1.5 percent over the year from 4.8 percent in October 2015.
  • Fewer unemployed: There are 55,400 fewer unemployed residents and 100,700 more employed residents over the year compared to October 2015.
  • Labor force participation rate: The total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks is 64.9 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month. Over the year, the labor force participation rate has increased three-tenths of a percentage point compared with October 2015.
  • Since the Great Recession: Since the unemployment rate peaked at 8.8 percent in September 2009, there are now 327,100 more residents employed and 186,800 fewer residents unemployed as the labor force increased by 140,400.

Job gains and losses by sector of the economy:

  • Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 1,700 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 18,100 (+3.4%) jobs.
  • Other Services added 1,400 (+1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services was down 1,000 (-0.7%) jobs.
    Manufacturing added 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing gained 1,100 (+0.4%) jobs.
  • Education and Health Services lost 4,100 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 22,800 (+3.0%) jobs.
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 2,400 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 3,600 (+0.6%) jobs.
  • Leisure and Hospitality lost 1,600 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 8,500 (+2.4%) jobs.
  • Financial Activities lost 900 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 2,700 (+1.2%) jobs.
  • Information lost 300 (-0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 300 (+0.3%) jobs.
  • Construction lost 100 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has gained 10,200 (+7.3%) jobs.
    Government added 700 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 5,200 (+1.2%) jobs.
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