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Stupid Interview Mistakes | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 651 It’s Friday and that means another stupid interview mistake

NOTE: Production values are not ideal while Jeff waits for the return of his damaged laptop

 

Summary

Today's show, as I do on Fridays, is about stupid interview mistakes-- things people do the wrong that they could easily correct and that's what we focus on today. Today show involves complementary mistakes that people make.

The mistakes I'm going to talk about-- not collecting information from the interviewer about how to reach them. That is as simple as exchanging a card. How do you do that in the smoothest way possible? Really easy – – they come out and greet you, your sorted into their office, you keep your card in your pocket that you can give them. Ladies, and easily reachable spot for you. Before you actually sit down, you might just simply hand them your card and ask, "May I have your card as well?" Obviously need to be in their office to do that so that the card exchange is done easily and smoothly for them. That's because what you're really looking for is their email address and phone number so that you are able to follow up afterwards.

Yes, you can call the switchboard and ask for an email address. I think sometimes, particularly at some larger firms, they are reluctant to give that out for fear that this is spam collection or stalking. Thus, you want to collect it from the person immediately, as soon as you are invited in for the interview.

Then, from there the next mistake people make, but one that I sent complemented this 1st one is not actually following up. The follow-up starts with the simple thing of a thank you note.

"Thanks for making time to meet with me today. I really appreciate it. I found the position quite interesting and, as I thought about it afterwards, I wanted to reinforce certain points I made with you and a few others that hopefully will make you feel good about making the choice to invite me back for another conversation." Then you can continue on from there.

The goal here is to continue the dialogue. Let them know of your interest. Show appreciation; writing a thank you note is a courtesy much less common these days that it once was. You want to demonstrate that sort of courtesy to others so that is not a red flag or complaint in their minds that you haven't done it.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Appearing Unmotivated | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 636 I can think of few dopier mistakes than this one!

Summary

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a recruiter who does work all over the country. She was talking about an assignment that she was doing in Puerto Rico. On this assignment, she was asked to interview people to work in a call center. She was asked to assess for oral and written communications skills. So she does that and was finding some people who are very well spoken and some who aren't, just as you would expect. She also noticed that some of the well spoken individuals are being rejected by hiring managers. She and her partner will start to ask, "Why is that? Why are these people being turned down?" It's hard to find native English speakers on the island. What is the issue?

She then spoke to a few of the hiring managers and found the magic answer. Judging by the title of this video, you know what it is. Appearing unmotivated.

Put yourself in the seat of the hiring manager. Hiring managers have a problem. They want someone who can solve that problem. I know it is hot in Puerto Rico. The association with hot is lethargic. It is hot out, I feel lethargic. It is tough to move around.

TOO BAD!! GET OVER IT!!

What you always have to do is appear excited and motivated on your interviews. Appearing sluggish or lethargic, or, dare I say, even lazy and unmotivated is the kiss of death, no matter what job you interview for, no matter where in the world it is.

Employers have a problem. You are there to solve it. They are not there to kiss your butt and make you fall in love with them. They want you clamoring for this job, begging for this job, appearing excited about this job even when you aren't. You want that too. If you do this, you get lots of job offers. You know, lots of job offers!

That way, you can go, "I think I want this one. It pays the most!" Or maybe it has the most upside. Whatever it is you can pick and choose between different alternatives that suit you.

Appearing unmotivated, stupid!

Take your right hand. Move it right near your forehead. Now hit.

Don't do something that dumb.

And if you are doing dumb things like this, you need JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. That is my site where you get tons of great information to help you find work. Job hunting doesn't have to be hard, difficult, painful, or take so long. It is just that you don't know what you are doing. You do it wrong and then you wonder, "Gee! I'm not getting a job. " You don't want to wind up in that position.

Instead of going out on a lot of stupid interviews or pointless interviews that are pointless because you are not prepared, let me help you. I have videos, podcasts, articles, books, ME... I am there to help you. I answer your questions. We schedule a few minutes to talk, you ask me a question, we get it solved, you don't have to worry, we move on.

If you want in-depth coaching for me, I offer a discount to members.

The site again is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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Stupid Interview Mistakes as Reported by Forbes |No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 630 These are pretty dumb mistakes!

Summary

I stumbled into this article from Forbes that I thought was hysterical that talked about a number of mistakes job hunters make. I'm using these examples from them. Give full credit tp Forbes. They are very funny.

1. A job applicant hugged the president of the company. It's like you're having a good moment in the interview and you give him a hug.

2. Another one said they didn't like to get up early and didn't like to read. Huh? Help me understand how that one was supposed to get you a job.

3. Someone said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal. Unbelievable!

4. A candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.

5. Someone called in sick to her current employer while on the interview, faking her illness. What people do sometimes!

6. Someone said that they would do whatever it takes to do the job, legal or not.

7. Someone called their wife during the interview to see what they will be having for dinner. You're in an interview, you pick up the phone and find out what's for dinner.

8. Someone said he wouldn't want the job if he had to work a lot.

9. Someone asked if they could postpone the start date so she can still get holiday gifts from vendors in her current job. Couldn't you have said this 1 more discreetly?

10. Someone would not answer a question, they were asked because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

11. Some of the night having a cell phone with them even though it could be heard ringing in their briefcase.

12. A person asked to be paid under the table.

13. The candidate reached over and put their hand on the interviewer's knees. The obvious offensive behavior is a man doing it to a woman that I know of too many instances where a woman does it to a man. The more egregious one is a man reaching out to a woman.

Folks, be smart. There is a lot to learn about interviewing. As a job hunter, most of you act as amateurs.

When push comes to shove, learn more about job hunting. Don't go to interviews and conduct yourself like a rank beginner. The way to do it is to learn more about interviewing. You can do that at a site like JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and practice. Practice your answers to questions, get feedback from someone else… I want to be clear, when I say practice, the words have to come out of your mouth. You can't just think the answer, like so many people do.

Without the words coming out of your mouth as you present them to a potential employer, you are not really learning anything. It's like going to a Toastmasters meeting and watching other speakers and thinking that's enough to become a great speaker. Or watching candidates give a speech at a convention and thinking that you can run for president. There is more than being a voyageur. You have to actually do it in order to in order to be effective.

I say that because the skills needed to find a job are different than those needed to do a job. If you are just watching and not practicing, you're going to make dumb mistakes like the ones I've mentioned from Forbes.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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I Asked for Too Much! | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Ep 613 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a viewer’s question about a situation where they asked for too much money.

Summary

Today, I want to read a letter to you that I received from 1 of my viewers who had a question about a salary to go. This comes up all the time and makes people nervous and was able to handle this for him and I believe will turn out well.

"Just got done watching the YouTube video about salary negotiation. I went on to screening interviews for a job in Cleveland. During the interview, they may also be an excellent fit for Their Pl. in California just north of Los Angeles. They have been romancing me for email are flying me out for 5 days. All expenses covered. When we spoke in Cleveland, they asked me to quote a salary range. Knowing that LA would be hugely more expensive than where I live, I told him I wouldn't even hazard a guess. I had no way of even being prepared for this possibility as the original position was in the Cleveland market. Los Angeles was a big surprise. They badgered me and I throughout a range completely ignorant of what it was really like in LA. I have had 2 weeks to do my research. I found that my numbers were way off the mark. Is it too late to claim ignorance. Given the LA opportunity was a complete surprise? Is it too late to ask for salary completely in line with the requirements of the position, rather than looking like a 'pig' as you refer to in another video. Negotiations began in 2 days."

First of all, focus on making them fall in love and don't really worry about the money at this point. After all (guys will laugh when I say this and a lot of women have to), no love, no money, no honey. It doesn't matter unless they are interested in your credentials. Focus on making them be interested in you.

If they still like you, they will raise salary again with you. Be calm and with a smile on your face, simply say, "At the time I was asked the 1st time about salary, I was a guy in the Midwest, without a clue about the job market in Los Angeles, I kept saying I didn't know, but they insisted so I gave them a number. I have a better idea of my value and hopefully some of you.." Then, you smile.

When you asked them what that value is, offer them a range that works for you. Don't worry about their salary ranges. Focus on what works for you. Check about pay relocation, benefits… All the other ancillaries, as well.

Remember, living and working in California will be more expensive than you anticipate. Recognize that they will be interested for a reason and give them a confirmation of why they should be interested by giving them a great performance on your interview.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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Stupid Interview Mistakes Criticizing The Past | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, I talk about another 1 of those dumb things that people do on interviews – – criticizing the past.

Summary

Here's one of those stupid interview mistakes that people make so often… It's frustrating… I want to shake them. The mistake is criticizing the past.

It can be the lengthy rant about a coworker who would eat your lunch., . It could be the rant that goes "I've been with this firm for 5 years, passed over for one promotion or another and I have had it!" "My boss is an imbecile!" You may say that a more mild-mannered fashion. But what you say still translates into that.

You become super-critical of one thing or another to the point where you just sound like you are a complainer. Some of the sitting opposite you during the interview and you know what's going through their mind? "OK. I would how long it's going to take for this to happen to me? I could have brought cancer into our midst. So I'm going to nod my head for a while, smile and bring this 1 to an end."

Here's what you need to do in order to be effective communicating why you want to change jobs. For example, in the case of feeling passed over, you don't want to focus on the past over part of the story. "I am real good at my work and my firm likes me in this role, but I don't want to spend the next 25 years of my life doing the same thing over and over again. I understand I may have to join this firm and prove myself here in order to demonstrate my abilities. I am looking for an organization where I can learn and grow and get ahead. And, unfortunately, my firm seems content in me doing the same job for the rest of my life. That really isn't for me. Again, I'm willing to demonstrate to you that I'm capable, competent and willing to pay my dues here, but I also want to know that there is an upside."

They know right away that you are looking for promotional opportunities in the future. That isn't a bad thing, right? That's one way to do it.

For the example of the coworker who eats my lunch or the problem coworker… I work with a problem coworker who steal stuff from his colleagues. I have worked with this organization for a long time. After a while, there are some personalities that show up, people don't necessarily behave properly. And, I don't want to come across like I'm a complainer or whiner. I'm not. Yet, when people go to the refrigerator and take my lunch out or, as was in my case, they steal resumes from coworkers and present them to other recruiting firms, there is a problem in the office! When management doesn't want to address it because this person is making sales, eventually, I have to ask myself, 'Who is looking out for me?' That is why I am sitting here." You can come up with your own version of this story.

My boss is an imbecile. Never go down that road. Never ever go down the road of criticizing her boss. It is a losing proposition. You are better off doing the speech about, "I want to join an organization where I can learn and grow and get ahead," rather than being critical of your boss.

Again, you don't want to be criticizing the past. You want to be looking forward and using the example of the problem colleague, "People are people. I'm sure in this organization, if someone were stealing from the firm. This is not something that would be tolerated. I trust that you would handle things in a professional way and look after the people."

This is a very graceful way to wrap that one up.

I hope you found this video helpful.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Appearing Unmotivated | Job Search Radio

I can’t think of few dopier mistakes than this one!

not-motivated

 

SUMMARY:

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a recruiter who does work all over the country. She was talking about an assignment that she was doing in Puerto Rico and, on this assignment, she was asked to interview people to work in a call center, particularly oral and written communication skills.

So she’s working on the assignment and finding some people who are very well spoken and some who aren’t, just as you would expect. She also started to notice that some of the well spoken individuals are being rejected by hiring managers. She and her partner started asking, “Why is that? Why are these people being turned down? It’s hard to find native speaking English speakers in Puerto Rico. What’s going wrong?”

She spoke to a few hiring managers and found the magic answer. Judging by the title of the show, you know what it is: appearing unmotivated.

What Hiring Managers See

Put yourself in the seat of the hiring manager. Hiring managers have a problem. They want someone who can solve that problem. I know it is hot in Puerto Rico, and the association with hot is lethargic. It is hot out. I feel lethargic. It’s tough to move around.

Too bad! Get over it!

What you always need to do is appear excited and motivated on your interviews. Appearing sluggish or lethargic, or, dare I say, even lazy and unmotivated is the kiss of death, no matter what job you interview for, no matter where in the world it is.

Employers have a problem. You are there to solve it. They are not there to kiss your butt and make you fall in love with them. They want you clamoring for this job, begging for this job, being excited for this job, even when you aren’t… And you want that, too! This way, if you have the skills, you get lots of job offers… You know, lots of job offers. This way, you can go, “I think I want this 1. It pays the most.” Or it doesn’t pay the most, but it has the most upside. Whatever it is, you can pick and choose between different alternatives.

Appearing unmotivated – – Stupid! Take the right hand, move it to your forehead, now hit!

Don’t do something that dumb.

Get Help!

And if you are doing dumb things like this, you need JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. That is my site where you get tons of great information to help you find work. Jobhunting doesn’t have to be hard, difficult, painful, or take so long. It’s just that you don’t know what you are doing.

You start doing it wrong and wonder, “Gee! I’m not getting jobs.” You don’t want to be doing that!

Instead of going out on a lot of stupid interviews or pointless interviews that are pointless because you are not prepared, let me help you.

I have videos, podcasts, articles, books, and me, all they are designed to help you and get to your questions.

We schedule a few minutes to talk, you asked me questions so that you don’t have to worry, we move on. If you want in-depth coaching from me, I provided to scale that makes it very inexpensive.

Again, my site is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com

 

 

If you have a question about job hunting, email me at JobSearchRadio@gmail.com. I can’t answer every question . . . but you knew that!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Monologuing – No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the top job interview mistake that too many people make and how to avoid it.

Summary

Today I want to talk with you about one of those tragic and completely avoidable job interview mistakes that too many people engage in. I was reminded of it when I asked the question of the job hunter and they went off on this three minute monologue that, maybe, for 10 or 15 seconds had something to do with my question and then they went way off into left field.

I listened for a while, letting them talk on, when he finally came up for air, you know, that pause in the conversation when they finally let someone else speak, I said, “By the way, do you remember my original question?” He thought for a while and eventually answered, “No. I don’t.” We can laugh about it now but how many of you have done that?

What ultimately happens is that you start to think you know the question before the interviewer has asked it because you have been on so many interviews. The problem with you getting a job be be that you don’t interview anywhere near as well as you think you do. This can be one of the big reasons.

You start anticipating the questions and start answering what you think is being asked, go often these long-winded explanations, instead of keeping your answers to 45 seconds, maybe one minute (By the way, if you think that is a short amount of time, try time yourself talking for 45 seconds and see how long that is). You will develop an appreciation for the fact that 45 seconds is a long time.

Your goal is to answer the question. If it is a phone interview, I want you to have your resume out in front of you and write the question down in front of you so that is a reminder that will help you stay on point. When you hear the question, you can even circle a few things on your resume term I do have some talking points you want to make sure to cover.

Answer the question, no more and no less. Don’t go off on long-winded tangents. 45 seconds. Maybe a minute tops. Keep your answer to the point. Otherwise what starts to happen is something that is happened to me – – the interviewer starts to mentally channel surf (thinking about what they would rather be doing; what else they can be doing other than sitting and listening to you; what the next appointment is; who the next call is with). They are no longer listening to you. This could be the very reason why you are failing on your interviews.

You stop listening because you thought you knew what the question was and go off on tangents.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Crossing The Line – No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter warned you about crossing the line on your next interview and how that can become so costly.

Summary

I want to spend a little time today cautioning you about crossing the line on your interviews. I'm reminded of this by something that happened on an interview that I arranged.

I had someone interviewing with a client of mine. He was on his fourth interview; he's on the home stretch; they live his background. The last person he interviewed with told him, "You're the only person of a I've interviewed who is qualified to do this job." He's having a great interview. They are yukking it up. They are having a great time with one another.

The phone interviewer asks him a question to answer and he answers, "I'll show it to you on the whiteboard when we meet."

Ding ding ding ding ding ding.

Answer the question.

You're having a good time with someone but you have to remember that they are there to evaluate and assess you. They interpreted that language as "not being willing to answer the question." He was rejected

This person who is the only individual under consideration for this role, the obvious front runner, no one else is being considered, and he blew it. He also got a little too "friendly" with his language at particular times using a profanity or two in the course of answering questions. That's what I was told.; I don't know if it was true or not.

When all is said and done, there is a line you cannot cross. At any point where they ask you a question, you have to answer it. You can't put it off because you are feeling so friendly with the interviewer that you lose track of the fact that they are not your friend and are there to evaluate and assess you. They are there to make a determination as to whether you are qualified for the job. As much as they may like you personally, you have to show that you can do the job.

Caveat emptor. Don't cross the line.

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Stupid Interviewing Mistakes: Seeming Desperate! – Job Search Radio

Being desperate is a turnoff in dating AND it’s a turnoff in job hunting.

On this show, I discuss “the stupid interviewing mistake” of seeming desperate and explain how to correct it.

Summary

This one is about one of those stupid job hunting mistakes people make all the time. That mistake is appearing desperate.

Have you ever been on a date with some of you seem desperate? Now, women, you can’t tell me you haven’t been on a date with some of you seen that way to you somewhere in your life?

They just are too (fill in the blank). They are just too much. As a result, I would presume to know how you feel when you’re out with someone who seems desperate. I just know that in situations where I’ve been out with “desperate women,” it hasn’t been a pleasant experience.

Women who appeared desperate, in the male vernacular start appearing like “stalkers.”Act as though they are like stalkers.” I suspect the same is true on the women’s side… Or worse.

Such behavior doesn’t work in dating and it certainly doesn’t work and job search.

When you go to an interview and appears to eager, you start to act, “oh boy! This is great!! I’ll do that!” Eventually the hiring manager takes a deep breath and says to themselves, “what’s with this person?”

So you can appear too eager (it is okay to be accommodating, but not too eager).

So your job is to relax and to deal with your future bosses though they are a peer. In this way, they understand and do you understand what you are capable of doing for them. In this way, they can evaluate and assess you and see how you fit into their needs.

Acting like the obedience school trial, sitting in your chair, leaning forward (did you ever do that one when you were a kid), just doesn’t work. It doesn’t make you more attractive than other candidates; if anything, it makes you less appealing.

At the end of the day, what you seem like his desperate. No one really likes desperate. So, relax. Follow my advice about the single best question you should ask on any interview. Talk with them is an equal and explain how your background fits that which they are looking for. Do it with confidence and self-assurance because part of what your job is on an interview is to put their mind at ease and that you are the solution to a problem that they have.

They need someone to do such and such. You want to talk about how you did it for someone else before. In joining them, you don’t want to do this for the next 30 or 40 years of your life. You also want to understand the upside for you. After all, do you really want to do the same thing for the next three or four years? Of course not.

That’s why you always want to make sure that you ask questions about your potential future. And, if you don’t like the answer, don’t be a shmuck and take the job and then blame them for what is happening to you. It’s your fault then.

So, again, don’t bag and don’t appear desperate.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.= http://www.JobSa

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It’s Hard to Avoid This Interview Mistake (Video)

 

I point to one of the mistakes job hunters make when interviewing in person or doing a video interview.

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