With graduation looming for many college students, jobs will be in high demand. (Oh hey, need a job? Mine's up for grabs. Click here.) Just finding a job posting that seems suitable for a certain skill set can be challenging enough, but getting an interview can be even tougher.
Have you ever seen Step Brothers? The part where Dale and Brennan go on joint job interviews? There's a few (okay, a LOT of) swear words in the scene, so I won't post it … but if you're so inclined, you can find it on YouTube. Anyway, they basically do EVERYTHING wrong during a job interview. I found an article on Yahoo!
explaining some of the dumbest things people have said during interviews. Hint: DON'T SAY THESE THINGS!
"I'm in anger management because I hit a former co-worker."
Anything that suggests that you have a major problem working with other people probably shouldn't be mentioned during an interview. (You also shouldn't be applying for a job that requires you to work on a team!) Of course, if you're required to disclose that you're undergoing psychological treatment or something else that could hinder your job performance, don't lie. Find an honest way to tell the interviewer about your situation.
"Oh, that's because I took a Xanax."
One professional said she interviewed a woman who appeared to be having some sort of medical issue -- talking slowly, slurring words, etc. When the interviewer asked the applicant what was wrong, the applicant replied that she had taken Xanax to calm herself down. The applicant's altered mental state caused the interviewer to focus more on that then the interview. If you DO take medication that can cause side effects, know how your personality is affected and evaluate whether you really need it or not.
"I locked a mentally ill patient in a room to teach him a lesson."
This needs no explanation. Telling an interviewer that you have abused people that you were in charge of is not going to get you the job -- moreover, you just shouldn't abuse people you're in charge of!
"Oh, he was killed in a drug deal."
One woman who was in charge of hiring staff for an emergency clinic interviewed a woman who seemed perfect for the job. However, the applicant then mentioned that her late husband was killed in a drug deal gone wrong. Bringing up personal loss in an interview is risky at best, but can be acceptable if it's mentioned in a casual way without causing discomfort. But going too far into details can cause you to stick out in the interviewer's mind -- and not in a good way. Use discretion!
No one's telling you to lie during a job interview. However, avoid situations in which you make the person interviewing you blatantly uncomfortable -- if that's how he or she feels during the interview, you can pretty much guarantee you won't be a good fit for the company.
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