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Top 8 mistakes in firefighter interview
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Dressing inappropriately can
work both ways. You will
certainly want to wear a suit if
you are interviewing for
professional position. When
interviewing for a summer job at
your local theme park or as a
lifeguard, for example, dress
accordingly in neat and casual
attire. If you aren't sure what to
wear, visit the organization and
watch employees coming in and
out of the office to see what they
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2.You're too focused on yourself
If you overuse the "I" word
during the interview, hiring
managers may see a big ego
standing in the way of a job
offer. "Many candidates talk
about themselves ad nauseam,
with little or no relevancy to
the job opening at hand," says
Manciagli. "Whether this is
due to nerves, or a lack of
self-awareness, or naiveté —
people hurt their chances of
getting the job."
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3.Talk Too Much?
There is nothing much worse
than interviewing someone
who goes on and on and on...
The interviewer really doesn't
need to know your whole life
story. Keep your answers
succinct, to-the-point and
focused and don't ramble -
simply answer the question.
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4.You can't answer basic questions
about your qualifications?
It's one of the most common interview
questions: "What are your strengths?"
Yet hiring managers say far too many job
candidates flub their answers. Use this
opening to your best advantage.
"Companies want to know why you're a
great fit for the job they have. They want
details, skill sets, accomplishments. You
might say, 'I've exceeded my sales goals
every quarter.' Or, 'My division brought
in five new accounts in six months,' or
'We created three new ad programs and
drove X amount of revenue.'"
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5.You leave your cell phone on?
When the ring of your phone
cuts short a critical conversation
about the job you covet, guess
what it does to your chances?
And if you actually pick up that
phone or send a text during your
interview, as some people do —
don't wonder why you weren't
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6.You're late to the interview.
"I've heard every excuse in the
book," says one human resources
professional. "'I got stuck in
traffic.' 'I couldn't find the
building.' 'The campus is so big I
got lost.'" Whatever the case, it
means you didn't give yourself
enough time. "I tell clients that if
they're not in the lobby 30
minutes before the interview,
they're late." It bears emphasis:
Allow extra time.
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7.You know little or nothing about the
Do some research. Reach out to
friends and colleagues in the
business. Surf for information. Ask
career coaches. Is the company ultra
conservative? Do staffers dress in
business casual? Learn what you can
— then dress for the interview
"I can always tell when a candidate
hasn't done basic homework about
the culture," says one seasoned hiring
executive, "based on the way he or
she looks." When in doubt, dress up.
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8.You badmouth a previous employer?
Negative attitudes attract no one —
that's the bottom line. It's also a small
world. Be careful what you say about
previous places of employment,
especially when your guard is down.
No matter why you left a job or what
your experience was, there are
diplomatic ways to explain an
unfortunate circumstance, even if the
atmosphere (or boss, or pay, or
company) was rotten. You can say
you're interested in new
responsibilities, a variety of challenges,
more authority, a different location —
or simply that the current job posting
appealed to you so strongly you
couldn't resist reaching out.
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situational interview, behavioral interview (competency based), technical interview, group
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