10 Signs You’re Not Prepared for a Job Interview

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - Resume
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You got called in for an interview, but that doesn’t mean the hard work is over. Now is the time to thoroughly research the company, gather a list of thoughtful questions, and practice your answers to some tough interview questions. If you think you can fake it ‘til you make it, you’re wrong. Your level of preparedness can usually be detected right away.

According to a Career Builder survey, half of employers said they can tell within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for the position. Furthermore, in an Accountemps survey, hiring managers said it takes about 15 minutes to make a good impression. One way you can quickly make a good first impression is to be prepared. Here are 10 signs you’re not ready for a job interview.


1. You don’t have appropriate interview attire

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Appearance counts, especially when you might be meeting your future boss for the first time. Roughly 50% of hiring managers said they have interviewed a job candidate who dressed inappropriately, according to Career Builder. Don’t be one of those candidates. Make sure you have an outfit that is appropriate for the type of job you will be applying for. Remember to pay attention to not only the style but also the color choice of the outfit you wear. Keep your look conservative. Your best bet is to stay away from anything over the top. If you don’t have anything to wear, now is the time to make a quick shopping trip. 

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