Job Seekers Make Most Mistakes During Interviews


The process of being evaluated, scrutinized, repeatedly questioned and ultimately judged -- otherwise known as interviewing -- is never comfortable for anyone. And, oftentimes, even the most seasoned interviewer can get a little nervous. But, it looks like interview jitters have gotten the best of most job seekers and have cost them employment opportunities. In fact, 32 percent of chief financial officers said that job candidates make the majority of their mistakes during the interview, according to Accountemps, a nationwide staffing agency. These mistakes can include blanking on the company's business model, not paying close attention to the questions, or not knowing enough about the open position.

"Employers expect job applicants will have a few pre-interview jitters," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps in a company-issued statement.

"The secret is to use this energy to project enthusiasm for the position rather than letting your nerves undermine your confidence." Accountemps polled more than 1, 400 CFOs and asked "where do job applicants make the most mistakes?" The respondents thought mistakes occurred in the following areas:

* 28 percent said resumes * 10 percent said reference checks * 9 percent said interview follow up * 8 percent said cover letters * 7 percent said screening call * 1 percent said other * 3 percent said they don't know

If you've made errors in your job search, don't worry ¿ everyone has. But you can move forward from your mistakes using the following solutions from Accountemps:

1.) Let it go. If you know you've made a mistake during your interview, don't dwell on it. Focus on putting your best foot forward during the remainder of the meeting.

2.) Pause. You may have flubbed on an answer but don't panic. Take a minute to collect yourself and your thoughts. The interviewer may be impressed by your ability to recover.

3.) Listen. Oftentimes, the types of questions asked during an interview can give you insight into what the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. Pay close attention to the clues and use them to explain why you're a good fit for the position.

4.) Don't jump to conclusions. Committing a mistake during the interview doesn't always mean that you've lost the job opportunity. Don't take yourself out of the running until you hear from the employer.

5.) Follow up. Send a thank-you note or e-mail to everyone that interviewed you. The note should re-iterate why you're a good fit for the job can leave the potential employer.

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