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Readers Respond: Worst Job Search Mistakes to Avoid

Responses: 7


From the article: Top 10 Job Search Mistakes
What's the worst mistake you can make when you're job searching? Read about the top mistakes that could cost you a job offer and add your advice on job search mistakes to avoid to the list.

Interest in Benefits

Asking about benefits such as vacation time at an intial interview or early in the interview process conveys more interest in the benefits than in the job itself. I use a guideline of not asking about benefits until a job offer has been made. Interviewers may bring this up in a second interview as well. Still, I would be careful not to convey too much interest in this and not enough in the job itself.
—Guest denise

Interview Preparation

An important aspect of interview questions is appropriate answers to Job-related questions, particularly when asked :How would you implement changes for improvements at such and such job.So, the candidate must go fully prepared for such questions.
—Guest Khalid Omar

Number 11 Job Search Mistake

Not MARKETING yourself. Peter Drucker said an organization only has two assets - Marketing and Innovation since an organization's only function is to attract and retain a customer. EVERY job seeker is an organization unto themselves. Marketing yourself and expressing your value in a unique manner. Marketing made the difference between Starbucks and 7-11 coffee. Best wishes on your marketing efforts. Ted

Weaknesses / Strengths

Being unprepared when asked during interview what your strengths/weaknesses are. Prepare by having a well-thought-out response to these questions. Avoid commonly used answers such as 'I'm so focused and determined that I'm a 70-hour week workaholic' as either your strength or weakness. Really think deeply about what your strength/weaknesses are and your answers will be original and standout.
—Guest Susan B.


Typos and spelling and grammatical mistakes are going to strike you out at my company. Proper capitalization, sentences, and full paragraphs are important even if it's just an introductory email. Write properly and don't use slang.
—Guest Jeremy

No Questions

Candidates should have a healthy interest in the company they are thinking about joining. Asking questions about the job, the company, the culture, the products, and the goals shows interest. Asking no questions and demonstrating no healthy curiosity, tags you as a marginal candidate.
—Guest Melanie Ahern

Dress Inappropriately

As a HR manager who does a lot of hiring, I can't tell you how many candidates show up dressed like slobs or showing way too much skin. Dressing inappropriately for an interview will probably cost you the job - at least when I'm interviewing.
—Guest Samantha Millhouse

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