Seven Things Which Can FAIL You In An Interview [TIPS]


1. Don’t Be Late To the Interview

Even if you car broke down or the subway derailed, do everything you can to get to that job interview on time.

“If you have a legitimate excuse it’s still hard to bounce back,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “People are suspicious because they hear the same excuses all the time.”

On the flip side, you don’t want to show up too early and risk appearing desperate, but you do want to be there at least five minutes early or at the very least on time.

2. Don’t Show Up Unprepared

It seems simple, but countless people go on job interviews knowing very little about the company they are interviewing with when all it would take is a simple Google search to find out. As a result, they end up asking obvious questions, which signal to the interviewer that they are too lazy to prepare.

“Don’t ask if the company is public or private, how long it’s been in business and where they do their manufacturing,” says Mark Jaffe, president of Wyatt & Jaffe, the executive search firm. “Sharpen your pencil before you go to school.”

3. Don’t Ask About Salary, Benefits, Perks

Your initial interview with a company shouldn’t be about what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company. Which means the interview isn’t the time to ask about the severance package, vacation time or health plan. Instead you should be selling yourself as to why the company can’t live without you.

“Your interest should be about the job and what your responsibilities will be,” says Terry Pile, Principal Consultant of Career Advisors. “Asking about vacation, sick leave, 401K, salary and benefits should be avoided at all costs.”

4. Don’t Focus On Future Roles Instead Of The Job At Hand

The job interview is not the time or place to ask about advancement opportunities or how to become the CEO. You need to be interested in the job you are actually interviewing for. Sure, a company wants to see that you are ambitious, but they also want assurances you are committed to the job you’re being hired for.

“You can’t come with an agenda that this job is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things,” says Jaffe.

5. Don’t Turn The Weakness Question Into A Positive

To put it bluntly, interviewers are not idiots. So when they ask you about a weakness and you say you work too hard or you are too much of a perfectionist, chances are they are more apt to roll their eyes than be blown away. Instead, be honest and come up with a weakness that can be improved on and won’t ruin your chances of getting a job.

For instance, if you are interviewing for a project management position, it wouldn’t be wise to say you have poor organizational skills, but it’s ok to say you want to learn more shortcuts in Excel. “Talk about the skills you don’t have that will add value, but aren’t required for the job,” says Pile.

6. Don’t Lie

Many people think its ok to exaggerate their experience or fib about a firing on a job interview, but lying can be a surefire way not to get hired. Even if you get through the interview process with your half truths, chances are you won’t be equipped to handle the job you were hired to do. Not to mention the more you lie the more likely you are to slip up.

“Don’t exaggerate, don’t make things bigger than they are and don’t claim credit for accomplishments you didn’t do,” says Jaffe. “You leave so much room in your brain if you don’t have to fill it with which lie you told which person.”

7. Don’t Ask If There’s Any Reason You Shouldn’t Be Hired

Well meaning career experts will tell you to close your interview by asking if there is any reason you wouldn’t be hired. While that question can give you an idea of where you stand and afford you the opportunity to address any concerns, there’s no guarantee the interviewer is going to be truthful with you or has even processed your information enough to even think about that.

Thanks to Glassdoor.com

What is the level of Stress on Yourself – Time Management Activity [Article]


1. Do you think that it is difficult to complete all the work in a Single Day ?

2. Do you think Time is passing faslty and you are not getting the objectives till now ?

3. Do you have the feeling that you are not giving time to your family and friends ?

It will not work for everyone. If you see at-least any of the two symptoms in yourself, go ahead. Otherwise, leave here.

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Happy news, if you are reading this text. It means you have a positive approach towards yourself and the issues. You need to learn the art of Time Management. ALMIGHTY ALLAH has provided everyone with equal 24 hours a day, 30 days and Month and 365 days a year. But why we see some persons have MORE in life than you. Actually the Successful person is one who Manage the Time Wisely, Effectively and most important Purposefully.

 The first and foremost thing I will advise in this regard is Discipline. The Self-Discipline is the first start towards knowing and managing yourself. The rest is on the rest till this. You cannot manage the rest, if you cannot manage yourself. Start knowing yourself, make your Work & To-Do lists, Wish lists, Strength and Weaknesses lists and many more what you want. I will specially advise you to make a Not-Possible list and put all the things which can not be possible. Remember everything is not possible for everyone. Prioritize them and start managing them. What should be done? What will be the benefit for this particular task? How it should be done? What time and cost will it input start benefiting me? What quality results will be acceptable for me?

Next to Self-Discipline is, Concentration. Stop multi-tasking anymore. Naturally, we want to get more by doing multiple but it is wrong approach. Doing less but with control is thousand times better than starting with bulk and leaving incomplete and un-understandably. According to a famous American psychologist Harry Lorayne, Nervous breakdown is not due to work-load or hard working itself, rather it is due to the fact that the problems find no solution. Each and every issue need due concentration to get melt. It counts more than paying time, if you are not doing it with attention. Most often, people use to say that we paid enough time but no results. The reason is how much you engage yourself with the task ? How much you have developed deeper relationship which is required ? The highest level of sincerity and dedication plays magical role in improving results with in almost no time. No issue, from today start building a connection with each and every activity of life. Initially it will be difficult for you to pay attention to the details but eventually you will increase your results, boost your memory and faster your actions. Moreover, you will learn more than what you are actually doing.

Time Management Zones

With the increasing need of relationship between work and time, experts have designed four zones in which a person may belongs to.

1st Zone

People in first zone do not like hastily. They do not like deadlines, they do work with calm.

These people have lot of problems related to Time management in their lives.

2nd Zone

People in second zone do not like Planning. Mostly, they like to do work at the last moment.

These people have less level of stress related to Time management in their lives.

3rd Zone

People in third zone continuously do keep any eye on future and like making plans and execute them timely. They love to deadlines and work accordingly .

 These people have moderate level of stress related to Time management in their lives.

4th Zone

People in fourth zone achieve success very early. They know the art of time management and use their time very wisely. Such people challenge the deadlines and try to achieve them before the actual time. Such people always try to finish the work the work as fast as possible.

 These people have highest level of stress related to Time management in their lives.

What is your Time Zone ? Activity

Now the question is what time zone you have ?

For knowing this, you need to do small activity. This test will tell your time zone as well as if stress in Time managements is your problem or not.

Steps of the Activity

1. See the clock and close your eyes.

2. Calm yourself.

3. Consider 60 seconds are passed.

4. Now open your eyes and see the clock.

If the remaining time is equal to or less than 30 seconds, your time zone is 4th. You are highly affected by stress due to time management.

If the remaining time is between 30 and 50 seconds, your time zone is 3rd. You have moderate level of stress due to time management. It shows you think time is less for completing the tasks.

If the remaining time is between 51 and 60 seconds, your time zone is 2nd. You have very low level of stress due to time management.

If the time exceeds 60 seconds, your time zone is 1st . It shows you are careless about knowing the importance of time and its management at all.

By this simple activity, I will advise you to now start knowing and managing yourself by the art of Self Discipline, Paying Attention to the Detail and finally Lowering the Stress on Yourself by Completing more tasks in a day, month, year and in the LIFE.

Did this activity worked on you ? Is it interesting ? Do you want to add your experiences about how to manage your time ?

The author of this article is blog author himself and have interest in writing and personal development area.

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