Why you should continue your job search over the holidays

 

Most of you will be looking forward to the holiday break, and why wouldn’t you be? It’s a great time to relax, spend time with the family and, for a lot of us, eat and drink too much. You’ve been looking for a job for several months and the holidays is the perfect time for a break from it right? No one’s hiring anyway so why bother? In actual fact both of these are common misconceptions. So I’m here to explain exactly why the holidays are a perfect opportunity for you to continue your job search and how to be even more effective.

We all know it’s a competitive job market right now. What a lot of people don’t know is that hiring hasn’t actually slowed down and the jobs are actually still there, you just have to know where to look and how to do it.

So here are my top 3 reasons for continuing your job hunt over this holiday period:

#1: The Golden Opportunity

Notice how I’ve been hinting that most people won’t be continuing their job search over the holiday break? These people are your competitors. They are going to have a lazy Christmas and do nothing. So why not take advantage of that? Recruiters are still recruiting and you can take the opportunity and jump ahead of your competitors. Many companies will be looking for people to start right away in the New Year and by continuing your job search you stand a much better chance of being the person they hire. So don’t be lazy, stay ahead of the pack!

#2: All the time in the world

Now I’m not saying that you should just ignore Christmas all together and focus all your attention on getting yourself a job. But if you’re like most of us, you have quite a lot of idle time spent over the holiday period, time which you could make much better use of. Of course this applies more to the currently employed looking for a new job but what’s important to remember is that everyone is more relaxed and freed up at Christmas, so you can easily make better use of the downtime you’ve got.

#3: Party time

Christmas is a time for special events, parties and an opportunity to be social. And an opportunity to be social is an opportunity to network. These holiday parties are perfect opportunities to meet new people, people who may be great contacts to have. Another great thing about these events is Christmas spirit. People are likely to be more relaxed which gives you the perfect opportunity to connect with them on a personal level. So get networking!

There are of course several other reasons in the pro column for continuing your job search but these are just my top 3, which is hopefully enough to convince you of the need to do it!

My advice to you as a job seeker is relatively simple and could just prove the perfect way to get that job you want. So get yourself to some networking events, strike up a conversation and subtly turn the conversation towards your job pitch. A lot of succeeding in business is down to relationships. So get out there and develop some with relevant industry professionals.

The extra little bit of effort you spend this Christmas might just be the best present you could give yourself.

So good luck and have a great Christmas!

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The Modern Assistant: Why you need to be using social media

Why Secretaries and Executive Assistants should use social media

Social Media is going to become the key for business survival. It is not unlikely that, in the future, social media may even become more important than a company’s website. Refusal to accept this threatens to result in failure. However, plenty of executives and “higher-ups” are uninterested in learning about it or adopting it themselves, and therefore an opportunity arises for others.

An Assistant or Secretary with a knowledge and understanding of social media could become as attractive as one with a foreign language. After all, social media as a concept seems as daunting as learning a foreign language for many of the “old school.” If you can grasp the importance of social media in today’s business environment then you can give yourself a competitive advantage over others and with the job market as it is, it is necessary to stand out to survive.

As an assistant who can implement a social media strategy you can offer your company greater networking and marketing capabilities and ultimately business development, which in turn can provide you with a more interesting and more important role within the company as well as a higher potential income.

How Secretaries and Executive Assistants should use social media

I am of course not saying that you have to become an expert and control your company’s entire social media operation. Running social media can easily become a full time job in itself and therefore it would be difficult to add such a task to your existing responsibilities. However, with a good strategy and understood purpose, you (and any other assistants you work with) can take on certain roles which will benefit your company.

This could be anything from setting up an account for your company on Twitter to increase networking opportunities, to setting up a Facebook page to connect with existing and potential customers.  Just being able to improve your company’s presence online can prove beneficial.

Therefore my advice to Secretaries and Assistants would be to get accustomed with social media. Keep up to date with changes by using it regularly and by reading articles. Give yourself the best chance of getting employed, or becoming invaluable to your existing employers, and stand out in the crowd. After all, social media is the future.

How to use Twitter in your job search

I’ve spoken a lot about the importance of social media for job seekers in today’s world. I’ve discussed the importance of LinkedIn and Facebook in relative detail, covering the issues of e-reputation, privacy and touched upon specific social media channels and how to use them in your job search. What I haven’t done is gone into to detail about the use and importance of Twitter for all of you looking for a job. So that’s what I’m going to do today.

As I’m sure you are aware (and you should be!), Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface. It was launched in July 2006 and is now home to over 300 million users. Now many of you may be thinking that Twitter is just used for spreading and sharing information quickly to a global audience. Well, it does allow users to do so but what’s becoming increasingly recognized on a global scale is its importance for job seekers.

You don’t believe me? Let’s have a look at some stats.

According to a recent US-based survey:

  • 16% of job seekers found their current job because of a social network
  • 25% of job seekers claim to use, or have used, Twitter in their job search (a number which is rising)
  • 8,000,000 people say Twitter got them their current job

And whilst these numbers are quite impressive, what’s more important to focus on is the rate these numbers are increasing and the implications for the future.

Now I understand that knowing this is all well and good but unless you understand what to do it’s not very helpful. So how do you go about using Twitter in your job search?

Let’s start with the basics: Creating your profile.

-First you’ve got to choose a username. Choose something sensible and professional.

-Now you’ve got 160 characters to best represent yourself to potential employers/connections. This bio should be your job pitch. Tell people what you do, what you want and provide a link to an online CV. You want to make your profile as easy to find as possible. It has to be “googleable”. You can do this by incorporating keywords relevant to your industry.

-Next you want to upload an avatar. This is your profile picture. As you would do on your CV, choose a picture where you look professional as well as personable. The first thing people look at when they come across your profile is your picture. That’s a fact. So, make sure yours represents how you want to be perceived.

-Finally, utilize your Twitter profile background. You’ve got a lot of space to work with so you can design a professional background which will make you stand out and ultimately aims to impress. There are plenty of templates online if you’re unsure how to do this.

So that’s your profile done. Now it’s time to get networking. After all the most important thing is who you know.

-Hopefully, if you’ve built your profile properly and you are search-engine friendly then the people looking for you (and there are people looking for you) will find you. Recruiters are actively using Twitter more and more to source candidates so that’s one reason you need to be there!

-But obviously creating a profile and waiting for people to find you isn’t really going to benefit you. You need to get interactive. Get following, liking, commenting, mentioning, retweeting and sharing. After all it is a social network. Interact with people in your industry, people who you think can help you with your job search and grow your professional network.

-Of course this still isn’t enough because you still haven’t tweeted anything, and you can’t really have Twitter without tweeting! What you tweet completely depends on you. But what I would say is that you need to keep content favorable. You want to appear professional but you also want your Twitter to have a personality so it’s all about finding a balance. Tweet about what interests you and what you think interests your network as well. By doing so, you can grow a network of relevant professional and personal connections which may prove invaluable to your job search.

So there are a few things to get you started. Remember you can’t build a strong Twitter presence in a day. You have to be patient. It’s also important to underline that quality is more important than quantity. The most important thing is not having the most followers; it’s about connecting with the relevant ones. Do this, and you might just land yourself your dream job.

So get tweeting!

(You can follow us on Twitter @TMIParis)

Common CV mistakes that land your application in the trash

 

Ever wondered why no one responds when you send them CV?

Do you think to yourself: It’s a tough market, maybe no one’s hiring?

Actually they are.

The jobs are there but apparently the talent is not. According to a recent survey, between 40 and 50 percent of recruiters highlight their main problem as talent acquisition NOT lack of jobs. But I believe the talent is there, it’s just not presenting itself as it should. I am of course to referring to you, the job seeker. You may be the perfect candidate for the job. You might have some great experience and be the exact person the company is looking for but it’s quite possible that your CV is letting you down.

Your CV is ultimately your first impression, and we all know how important the first impression is so you need to make sure it is the best possible representation of you. So, here’s my list of the most common CV mistakes that will guarantee your application lands in the trash:

 

#1: Careless grammatical/spelling errors

In this day and age, with the spell check application, there really is no excuse for making grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. If I can guarantee you one thing (and hopefully that won’t be the case) it’s that your CV is destined for the bin if it contains careless mistakes. It makes the employer think you are lazy, careless and ultimately a little bit stupid. So check it through a few times and get a couple of other people to check it through for you as well.

#2: Over-elaborate formatting

Yes, you want out to stand out from the crowd. You want employers to remember your application and you want your CV to be at the top of the pile and there are smart ways to do this effectively. Colouring your CV bright pink, adding fancy borders and using crazy fonts are not included in this list. Also, if you do put a picture on your CV, make sure you look professional.

#3: Irrelevant information

It never ceases to amaze me how many people send out the same CV for every job they apply for. Whoever is assessing your application does not want to know you worked at Pizza Hut 10 years ago if you’re applying for a job as a web designer. However much you may want to add every bit work experience you have ever done, unless it’s relevant to the job you are applying for, it takes up too much space and it has no place on your CV. But it’s not just irrelevant employment information that you need to get rid of. If you have an “interests/hobbies” section, which I’m sure most of you do, then make sure it doesn’t contain activities which don’t represent desirable characteristics. For example by writing “I like to read” you tell the employer absolutely nothing about your personality or why you would be an asset to their company. Being able to read is pretty much expected in every job you would be applying for. So get rid of the rubbish!

#4: Too little information

Yes, your CV needs to be concise and relevant to the job you’re applying for but you don’t want to go to the other extreme. If you don’t include enough information your CV will lack substance and therefore it will be impossible for the employer to gage what you are like as a person and ultimately if you are a good candidate or not. Remember that employers receive on average around 70 CVs for any given position and they cannot interview everyone, so you need to give enough information to stand out. You should be looking fill 2 pages.

#5: Appearing arrogant

You are probably using your CV as a marketing tool, and rightly so, but what you want to avoid is appearing boastful or arrogant. Yes, you want to give the best image of yourself you possibly can but there’s a line you shouldn’t cross. Don’t provide information that you cannot back up with evidence and make sure ego is not involved. Arrogance is not exactly a trait which employers are looking for!

So that’s my top 5 CV mistakes to avoid. They don’t guarantee you a job but avoiding these mistakes allows you the opportunity to make a great first impression and ultimately a much better chance of getting an interview.

Good Luck!

-More CV tips in my post on how to make the perfect CV

How to manage your e-reputation (and why you need to)

 

We live in an ever-increasing, inter-connected digital world: A world where information spreads like wildfire.

Everything you say and do online can be tracked.

And whether you like it or not, you have an e-reputation.

In previous posts I have talked a lot about the take-over of social media and the resulting death of privacy. For a job seeker, managing your reputation online is essential. Here are some stats which explain why:

  • 48% of recruiters check personal sites during the hiring decision
  • 63% of recruiters use social media to prospect employees
  • 78% of recruiters check search engines to find out more about potential candidates

(Stats from KBSD)

But it’s not just people looking for a job who need to manage their e-reputation. 8% of employers admit to having fired someone because of their actions on social media. So I’m afraid it’s just a fact: No matter who you are or where you might be, you have to manage your online reputation.

Now that has put e-reputation in quite a dark light and suggested that you only manage your reputation to avoid problems. But this is not the case. The benefits of managing your online reputation can quite literally change your life.  For example it can get you a job, bring you business in your existing job or even get you a promotion. But how do you go about improving and maintaining a positive online reputation?

Well honestly that completely depends on how you use the internet. But here are 3 key things you can do:

#1: Create your own online presence

A lot of people like to believe that if people can’t find you online then they can’t discriminate against you. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Most employers would develop a negative opinion of you if you have no online presence what so ever. In a digital world where technology rules, being able to use it and understand it is a valuable asset. Therefore an employer will assume you cannot do so if they can’t find you. So, get yourself online and create your own e-reputation.

#2: Find yourself

Most internet users begin their online activity with a search. The chances are, if someone wants to find you they are going to Google you. So why not Google yourself, check where you appear on SERPs and what information comes up. By doing this you can track and manage everything that is being said about you.

#3: Secure everything

In most cases you control what you put on the web. Make sure the privacy settings on your social networks are tight and do not reveal personal information. Ensure only to use a secure browser to avoid hackers posting incorrect and harmful information. Take a look at what you’ve got online – don’t share inappropriate pictures, comments etc in a professional context, it usually doesn’t end well.

So that’s just a few things to get you started. Just remember; you need to keep on top of what is being said about you, protect your e-reputation and ultimately boost your online presence.

Someone’s always watching, so make sure they see what you want them to see.

How to market yourself online with LinkedIn

LinkedIn was launched on May 5, 2003, home to 4500 members.

It now boasts over 145 million users in over 200 countries worldwide.

LinkedIn is the professional network.

There’s no question that LinkedIn is the place to be for professionals everywhere. It offers the perfect interface to network with people in your industry, people who you would otherwise not be able to meet. Quite simply if you’re a professional and you’re not there, you should be.

Unfortunately though, LinkedIn seems to have become somewhat “over-professional” and is being labelled by many as boring. I recently discussed its lack of sex appeal in my post on the threat posed by Facebook and Google+ but today I want to talk about how to make sure your LinkedIn profile isn’t dull and isn’t being treated like a resume.

So, it’s time for a change.

We now live in a time where managing your reputation online is essential, not only for businesses but, for job seekers and professionals as well. If you can maintain and improve your e-reputation then you stand a far greater chance of getting employed (or keeping your current job!). You need to market yourself to your network and your LinkedIn profile is the perfect way to do so.

Let’s start with what a lot of LinkedIn users have been doing wrong.

As I have mentioned already, many LinkedIn users have filled out their profile in exactly the same way as they did their resume. People don’t want to only see a list of what you’ve done, nor do they want to see an uninteresting few bullet points of who you are. The point of your LinkedIn profile is not to copy and paste the exact information from the standard CV that you’ve been sending out to every employer (and you shouldn’t be sending out the same CV to different jobs either but that’s a different point). The chances are that, if you have done this, you will have forgotten to add keywords as well and therefore you are making it very difficult for people to find you. Finally, some users have not recognized LinkedIn as a professional network and therefore have uploaded a profile picture which I can only describe as inappropriate. Your picture is the first thing people look at so if you don’t look professional, it will only have negative consequences. You may be missing out on potential connections so remember not to make these mistakes.

But if your LinkedIn profile shouldn’t be used as a resume, then what should it be? And how can you fix the problem and better market yourself online?

Well, instead of just telling people who you are, your LinkedIn profile should represent who you hope to be and what you hope achieve. It’s all about marketing yourself to your potential network. I mentioned keywords, and I can’t stress the importance of these enough. By converting your skills, education, goals and even interests into keywords you are allowing people to find you more easily. However, be careful not to use the generic keywords which everyone will use. Think of some which are specific to your industry, words that the industry professionals are likely to type in their search engine. Of course you want to include your most important keyword in your headline to maximize your chances of being found.

I also mentioned the profile picture. It is statistically proven that the first thing a person looks at on a profile (on any social network) is your profile picture. You need to represent yourself as a professional. People always ask why they can’t represent their personality in their picture and why they have to look so serious and business-like. Well, that’s not what I’m saying. Just because you’re wearing a suit doesn’t mean you can’t smile. All you need to remember is that people will make a spilt-second judgement of you when they see you for the first time, so don’t let it be when you’re sunbathing on the beach! (Or something equally as unprofessional).

The next point of key importance is actually similar to what you should be doing on your CV. Think about what job you want to aim for and take a look at your employment history. One thing that is essential on your CV is being relevant to the job that you are applying for and you should take that into account when completing your LinkedIn profile. You only want to include work experience which is relevant. For example, writing a detailed description about how you worked in a bar some years ago when you are applying for a job as a management consultant isn’t really worth putting. In fact, it can be pejorative because it may act as a distraction. So, make sure your employment history is simple, easy to read and well laid out.

Another essential addition to your profile, which is guaranteed to help you improve your marketability, is getting recommendations. Now, most people are aware that most recommendations come about by you physically asking someone for them, but that doesn’t matter. Recommendations can help back up everything you’ve said about yourself and, according to the experts, people tend to trust them.

Finally, one thing that might not have come across perfectly yet is your personality. You’ve focussed on everything LinkedIn has set specific titles for but now you should try to include something which shows your passion, your enthusiasm and your ambition. Tell people what you love and what you want to achieve (A few keywords added into this can also prove beneficial).

So there are a few things you can do to market yourself better on LinkedIn.

Just remember your LinkedIn profile isn’t your CV. It is the perfect opportunity to market yourself to an ever-expanding network of professionals. So give your profile a personality and increase your chances of getting the job you want.

Google+ vs. Facebook: Facebook Strikes Back… (Part 3)

More than 800 million active users.

More than 50% log in every single day.

The place where information finds us.

It’s the reigning champion of the social web, you didn’t think Facebook was just gonna lie down and let Google+ take over did you? Zuckerberg is fighting back against Page’s so called “little Facebook,” and the war of the web is just beginning.

In Part 2, I talked about the future implications of Google+ on the world of social business. But now I want to talk about how Facebook have reacted and what they might do in the future to ensure they keep their place on top of the social hierarchy.

The moment Google+ went live Zuckerberg pushed the Facebook machine into overdrive to replicate the new features that differentiated the two sites. But that was just the beginning. The phrase “the best form of defense is attack” certainly rings true here. The F8 developers event bore witness to a multitude of new features designed to keep Facebook alive and on top.  There was a total “refresh” of the site, making everything easier, including its answer to Google+ circles with “smart lists” and the newest stand out factor with “Timeline.” But what does all this rearranging mean for business?

Well, a Facebook brand page is a must have for your company. It simply aims to connect brands with consumers, something which is widely recognized as the most important thing in business. Facebook is the largest social network on the planet so if you want to reach the largest possible audience you’re going to use Facebook. Its sheer size, and therefore influence, remains the biggest advantage Facebook has over Google from a social business perspective.

The “smart lists” I mentioned earlier can also be particularly beneficial for your business. In the same way that Google circles operate, these lists allow you to create groups of people to identify your different networks. Therefore you can specifically target the right demographics, ultimately reaching the appropriate people in the quickest possible way.

I’ve talked about the potential of Google’s +1 button in previous posts but what’s important to remember is that right now Facebook’s “like button” is a great deal more popular. In fact, a huge number of internet users still aren’t aware that the +1 button even exists. The like button creates a ripple effect which means a huge increase in your potential audience. When someone clicks “like” this information is immediately broadcast to all of their friends and therefore reaches potential thousands more people. With recommendation being the number one factor in gaining consumer trust this feature can prove invaluable.

As you are probably aware Google Analytics is a key feature of a company’s web-marketing strategy enabling you to reap great benefits. However, Facebook also provides a great platform for you to analyze data. With “Facebook Insights” you can identify who has liked your page, how old they are and much more demographic information. In addition to this Facebook will send you email updates so you can track progress easily.

So that’s just a few of the new features Facebook have introduced. And that is merely a snapshot of what Facebook has done to improve its services. But what can it do in the future to make sure Google+ cannot take over?

Well, one thing which has been discussed a lot recently is the likelihood that Facebook will launch an ad network which collaborates all their social actions to help advertisers target consumers better across the web. If launched effectively, this could spell trouble for Google and potentially threaten Google’s position as the king of online advertising. In addition, Facebook is likely to expand further into the business world by directly targeting the job seeker audiences. It is being predicted that they will begin to offer job listings and further professionalize the site and therefore becoming a direct competitor to LinkedIn.

What you can be sure of is that Facebook will continue to improve, expand and fight against Google. The main impact of Google+ for Facebook is a warning: No more screwing up. Google are ready and waiting to jump on any opportunity to take the lead so Facebook cannot afford to make any more mistakes.

Unfortunately I cannot offer you a definitive conclusion with respect to the winner of “Google+ vs. Facebook.” Both are going to be around for a while and both will continue to fight for your time investment in social business.

Facebook is in the lead right now but as for a winner… only time will tell.

The Perfect CV: 5 Key Tips

 

Your CV is your first impression. It’s the first chance you get to stand out from the crowd and grab the employer’s attention. According to a recent survey, employers receive an average of around 70 CVs for each position, only spending 1-2 minutes looking at each one. So, with around 60 seconds to impress the person reading your CV you had better make sure it is the best possible representation of you that it can be. But how do you do that?

Well, even though there are numerous CV templates out there, there is no one right or perfect CV. Each job requires a different type of CV and each employer will have a slightly different approach to the selection process. However, there are certain things that you need to do on your CV to give yourself the best chance of standing out.

So here are my top 5 CV tips:

#1: Put your career summary at the top

The last thing a hiring manager wants to do is search for your employment history. By putting it at the top it is the first thing they will see, and with only 1 or 2 minutes to impress you want to make sure to prove you are qualified straight away. It also helps to put the job title or company name in bold, depending on which one is more impressive.

#2: Be relevant

Employers don’t need to know that you had a paper route when you were 16 (or something else equally as irrelevant). As I said, each CV you send off should be different and therefore you should include the work experience that is relevant to the job that you are applying for. Employers hate waffle and you shouldn’t make a CV over 2 pages as it probably won’t get read.

#3: Simplicity is key

As tempting as it may be to add fancy formatting with borders and colours etc, in most cases a hiring manager will look on it as unprofessional and therefore your chances of getting the job are ruined. There’s nothing wrong with a simple, black and white CV so there’s really no need to be overly fancy. Recruiters don’t like it.

#4: Use Keywords

With the volume of CVs being received and the resulting short period of time looking at your CV recruiters will often scan your application for keywords or buzzwords. In fact a lot of the time employers use tracking systems to separate unqualified candidates so make sure you include them. You can find the necessary keywords in the job descriptions which, if incorporated, will ensure that you end up on top of the pile.

#5: Check your spelling and grammar

There’s nothing worse than receiving a CV with careless spelling mistakes or simple grammar errors (especially when you’re using spell check!). Ask someone to proof read your CV to make sure it is correct because if you have made silly mistakes I can almost guarantee your CV will get thrown away.

So that’s my top 5 tips for creating the best possible résumé. Of course you cannot guarantee that you will get the job but if you incorporate these tips into your CV you stand a chance.

Good luck!

 

 

 

Common interview mistakes that mean you DON’T get the job

 

You’ve sent off your CV.

You’ve impressed with your cover letter.

Maybe you’ve had a telephone interview that’s gone well.

But now it’s time for clincher: the face to face interview

Who hasn’t been through a case of the pre-interview jitters? After all, it is the most important stage of the recruitment process and ultimately the wrong move can cost you the job. And now you don’t have your resume or your cover letter to hide behind, it’s just you. So yes there is a lot of pressure and this can in turn lead to making a number of disastrous mistakes which will make sure you DON’T get the job and that is what we want to avoid.

There are lots of things you can do to aim for the perfect interview but now I’m going to focus on what NOT to do. So, here is my list of the top 5 worst interview mistakes:

 

#1: Arrive late

Chances are if you arrive late you won’t get the job. Sounds unfair but, in reality, short of an actual crisis there is no excuse for lateness. Get directions to the interview; even do the journey beforehand to make sure you know exactly where you are going. If the worst comes to worst and you know you are going to be late, call ahead and let the interviewer know. If you just turn up late with no real reason or a rubbish excuse then you might as well not turn up at all.

 

#2: Dress inappropriately

A first impression is made in a split-second when you meet someone for the first time. Although many people won’t admit it, they will make a snap judgement of you within the first few seconds and a first impression is incredibly difficult to change. So, don’t turn up in casual clothes. Even if you know the people at work sometimes wear more casual clothes you don’t go to the interview in anything else but professional attire. Dress like the person you want to be at the peak of your career, not just the job you are applying to, and definitely not like someone who just got out of bed, threw on whatever clothes they found first and just turned up.

 

#3: No preparation 

I can almost guarantee that your interviewer will ask you what you know about the company. If you don’t have an answer because you haven’t done research or prepared anything then they will know straight away. The “wing-it” approach isn’t going to work. You will just come across as lazy and un-interested in the job (two characteristics interviewers aren’t particularly keen on). I’m not saying you have to learn everything about the company’s history and all its detailed statistics and figures etc but as I have mentioned in previous posts, failing to prepare really is preparing to fail.

#4: Act like a zombie

The interview is a stressful time and it’s natural to be nervous. But the interviewer knows that; they expect it. However, don’t just look at the floor, never making eye contact or smiling and generally making it an uncomfortable situation. A lack of enthusiasm is a very unattractive trait in an interview. They want to know that you are motivated, interested and enthusiastic about doing the job, so don’t let them think otherwise by acting like a zombie. However, caution must be taken. Over-confidence and talking all the time is equally bad, if not worse, and employers hate it. So don’t be too shy and overly quiet but make sure you’re not too loud or appear arrogant.

 

#5: Don’t ask any questions

Just like the interviewer is guaranteed to ask you what you know about the company, they are also certain to conclude the interview with “do you have any questions?” If you say no, you’re ruining your chances of getting the job. If you’ve got no questions you give the impression that you are uninterested in the job. You can prepare some questions before the interview to make sure you can avoid this problem. Another caution though: don’t ask about salary straight away, the interviewer will bring it up and you don’t want to appear 100% focused on the importance of money.

 

So that’s my top 5 classic interview mistakes that you need to avoid. If you do, then you stand a better chance of interview success.

So, good luck!