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12 Must-Avoid Job Interview Mistakes

12 Must-Avoid Job Interview Mistakes

Julie Gordon | BusinessWeek

1. Being Unprepared for Standard Question

Most interviewers ask prospective employees questions about the same topics—a conflict in the workplace and how the candidate resolved it, an accomplishment they take pride in, their biggest weakness, their greatest strength. “Some people are totally surprised, saying, ‘I had no idea you’d ever ask me to describe my best boss or a customer complaint and how I dealt with it,’ ” says Kim Silvers, president of Silvers HR Management in Sacramento. To avoid being caught off guard in a job interview, create a list of obvious questions and brainstorm ways to answer.

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