Worst Interview

50 Worst Interview Mistakes

You may have heard the horror stories – job hunters who take phone calls or text during an interview, or bring out a sandwich and start chomping, or brush their hair, or worse. You wouldn’t do any of those things, would you? Of course not.

But there are tons of other job interview no-no’s you may not have thought of. Or that you’ve forgotten. The job hunting trail is long and arduous, and a little refresher course can’t hurt. So for your edification and enjoyment, here are 50 (yes, 50!) of the worst and most common job interview mistakes:

1. Arriving late.

2. Arriving too early.

3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.

4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.

5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.

6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.

7. Forgetting the name of the person you’re interviewing with.

8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.

9. Wearing sunglasses.

10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.

11. Failing to research the employer in advance.

12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.

13. Inquiring about benefits too soon.

14. Talking about salary requirements too soon.

15. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.

16. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.

17. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.

18. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.

19. Asking too many questions.

20. Asking no questions at all.

21. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.

22. Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.

23. Talking more than half the time.

24. Interrupting your interviewer.

25. Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.

26. Yawning.

27. Slouching.

28. Bringing along a friend, or your mother.

29. Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.

30. Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.

31. Saying "you know," "like," "I guess," and "um."

32. Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.

33. Asking to use the bathroom.

34. Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.

35. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.

36. Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).

37. Taking a seat before your interviewer does.

38. Becoming angry or defensive.

39. Complaining that you were kept waiting.

40. Complaining about anything!

41. Speaking rudely to the receptionist.

42. Letting your nervousness show.

43. Overexplaining why you lost your last job.

44. Being too familiar and jokey.

45. Sounding desperate.

46. Checking the time.

47. Oversharing.

48. Sounding rehearsed.

49. Leaving your cell phone on.

50. Failing to ask for the job.

With persistence, precautions and a little luck, you, too, can avoid most of the mistakes and capture the exciting job opportunities – http://www.UAEbusinessDiary.com


Google and Airtel team up to bring 1Gbps broadband to Indian metros

Google is teaming up with Airtel to offer an ultra high-speed broadband Internet service in India. It looks like the 4Mbps connection for consumers and the 50Mbps broadband service for small businesses was just the tip of the iceberg, and Airtel has plans to cross a milestone in the Indian ISP business. If you recall, Google had already shared its plans to test an experimental gigabitnetwork in the US. In this, India being behind the tech curve has proved to be of benefit, Google said, stating that India can leapfrog other countries which have to struggle with old lines and infrastructure. However, this won’t be simple to implement and Google stated as much.

Airtel, meanwhile, has offered Google all the basic support, to reach out to the Indian metros, through their networks. Google thus needs to set up the TiSP Access Nodes and the central server, and Airtel will provide all the intermediate cabling and connectivity.

Airtel says, this service will be first available only in the major metropolitan cities of India; though no details on pricing has been announced.

Interested in using this 1Gbps line? Use this link to register yourself. The service will roll out on a first come, first serve basis, starting from next week.

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Make Your Phone Number Memorable

mobile phone key padThe number for Facebook in India is 9232232665. That may sound a bit complex but it’s actually very easy to remember because if you break it down, the last eight digits of the phone number would spell as ‘facebook’.

Therefore, you can simply dial 92facebook using the standard key pad of any mobile phone or landline phone and your message will reach Zuckerberg’s server.

What does this phone number spell?

When you are applying for a new phone number, the telecom company will almost always provide you with a series of numbers from where you can pick one of your choice.

Most people prefer to go with numerical patterns – like 3366 (double digits), 4567 (sequences), 2468 (even or odd combinations) – but there’s another option, you can try picking up numbers that spell something memorable like your name or a city or even a popular brand.

If you need help in finding memorable words, phrases or even abbreviations that may be hidden inside those complex phone numbers, some good online tools that can help you in the quest are available at phonetic.com, mbhs.edu, phonespell.com anddialABC.com.

They all work the same. You enter a phone number and the service will try to list all the different words and phrases that your phone number spells like. Some of the suggestions are obviously meaningless, but there might be a couple or so that are real or semi-real phrases.

You may use these services while short-listing a new phone number or even when you are looking for a more memorable representation of your existing phone number.

From 4004563 to GOOG-JOE

For instance, one on my landline numbers is 4004563 but a more memorable representation of the same number, that I only found through one of these services, is GOOG-Joe – most people know about GOOG-411 so GOOG-Joe is not that bad a choice.

Some of you may not feel very comfortable sharing your personal phone number on an external website but I think if you remove the area code and your country code, it should be fine. Or maybe you can split the telephone number into two parts before looking for words that your phone number spells like.

Related: Spell Your Name on the Phone

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