/ Asked by Tanya
What are the key things to avoid saying or doing in an interview?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 19, 2018
We like to give the perspective from a few of our recruiters when we can!

From Recruiter Bryan:
Do a quick search in your favorite search engine and you’ll turn up more than enough examples of what to avoid in an interview - from answering your cell phone to dressing inappropriately, and even giving off the wrong body language. Most of the advice can be summed up as acting professionally and treating the interview like the business opportunity it is. Just don’t forget to be yourself in the process.

Ahead of your interview, focus instead on preparing to speak to your successes and how you’re a great fit for this role. Grab a trusted friend (preferably with some experience in this area), find some sample interview questions online, and practice being personable, professional, and eager to learn more about the job and company. It may seem silly at first, but seek candid feedback and keep practicing until you feel more confident and comfortable with the idea of going into the real thing.

All the best in your preparations!

From Recruiter Gus:
Always avoid bashing your previous company or boss. This could pose a red flag for the interviewer, could be viewed as a character flaw, unprofessional or a lack of communication skills. Next, Industry Jargon. By using jargon one assumes the interviewer knows your previous company internal language and in most cases jargon is unique to a specific company. There will be some common industry standards, but I suggest speaking clearly about your specific skills to avoid misunderstandings.

Be yourself and give your interviewer a chance to see you for who you are!
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Saturday, March 24, 2018
Great question and agree with my fellow Hiring Experts’ advice. I would also like to add an addition resource once can use in preparing for an interview and that would be Jobipedia.org’s very own eBook, “Interview Advice – Leave Your Cat At Home”. A lot of great information in there to help you prepare and rock your interview! 
Answered by Jacqueline, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Great question! As a Recruiter I frequently see candidates saying or doing things in interviews that can be off putting. First and foremost, you never want to be unprepared. Too often people are unfamiliar with the company where they are interviewing, the responsibilities of the job for which they are interviewing, or they are not prepared to speak about their experiences and skills.

Secondly, it is usually best to avoid speaking negatively of current/past employers or bosses. It can come off as unprofessional and, depending upon the circumstances, it might be viewed as a red flag to the interviewer.

Next, it is important to be aware of your body language. Avoid overly-casual body language and posture as it might be viewed as lack of interest or overconfidence. Instead, be attentive to your interviewer(s) and make sure your body language reflects that attentiveness.

Your communication skills are important as well. You want to be professional by avoiding cussing, slang, and acronyms, which may not translate well outside of your role. While you may be nervous, it’s best to avoid using frequent filler phrases such as “um” or “you know” as they can be distracting from the message you are trying to convey.

An interview is your time to shine, so don’t let these faux pas prevent you from doing so!
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