5 Interview Tips That Can Go South Fast

Be confident

Yes, it’s important to be confident enough so as not to trip up on words or break a sweat. But beware, your confidence may very well come off as arrogance, and since the company doesn’t know you very well just yet, it’ll be that much easier for them to read you the wrong way.

Highlight your accomplishments

Being proud of your achievements is great, but don’t get too proud. If you’re explaining an award as if you’ve just won an Oscar, it’s time to reel it in.

Be open and honest

Honesty is a wonderful trait, but your honesty shouldn’t get you in trouble during an interview. Make sure you keep banter of past work grievances, skips in your resume, and changes in your academic interests (if irrelevant) to a minimum.

Dress to impress

In some offices, if you showed up in a suit you’d set off the peanut gallery. Companies today are adopting casual dress, so be sure to research the company you’re interviewing for before you take a trip to the department store.

Be Yourself

Being yourself doesn’t mean being the college party, family reunion, or even classroom version of yourself. Remaining business professional may be quite contrary to how you normally carry yourself, but it also may land you the job. Remember, they don’t know you yet so the wrong impression can be made quick!

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