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8 Ways To Bomb IT Job Interviews

Don't trash past employers. Don't make crazy requests. Here's what else to avoid in an IT job interview, say recruiters.

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jeffhutton
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11/23/2013 | 10:15:01 AM
Re: 8 Ways To Bomb IT Job Interviews
I agree and that was the case.  But I have had a number of interviews with candidates where their phone either rang or vibrated and it was an interruption and distraction to both of us.  I would suggest leaving the phone in the car or at least turn it off.   
Kristin Burnham
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11/22/2013 | 2:50:30 PM
Re: 8 Ways To Bomb IT Job Interviews
I can envision this being a problem with Millennials, though I'd hope that most would have enough common sense to put the phone away for the duration of the interview.
jeffhutton
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11/21/2013 | 5:24:49 PM
8 Ways To Bomb IT Job Interviews
These are great pointers.  I could also add don't have your phone accessible.  We had someone interview for a job and he responded to texts during the interview!  Nothing screams 'I'm uninterested' louder.    
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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11/20/2013 | 11:27:09 AM
What else?
IT recruiters and hiring managers: Let's hear your horror stories. What other no-nos would you add to this list?
Ariella
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11/20/2013 | 10:22:55 AM
Re: ways to bomb
@Shane, yes, that's a good way to put it. I don't mean that one should adopt a fake personality or even pretend that s/he only lives for work 12 hours a day if that is not the case. But relaxing too much is not the way to go. I remember reading some time ago about an interviewer who would trick people intor revealing information that is illegal to ask. 

LearnVest ran a piece called 11 Things Hiring Managers Won't Tell You last April. Among other things it warned about what you give away:

Your wedding or engagement ring? Can and may be used against you.

Those photos of kids on a hiring manager's desk? They may not actually be the manager's children—but the photo is designed to get you talking about your kids, or whether you plan to have some eventually.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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11/20/2013 | 9:49:51 AM
Re: ways to bomb
It's better to say "be the most professional version of yourself." You should probably only be yourself around friends and colleagues that you've worked with for a while. 
RobPreston
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11/20/2013 | 9:48:52 AM
A Related One
Related to the no-no about bringing up salary too soon: Don't ask about days off and vacations too soon. You don't want to be telling a future employer that your mind is already on the R&R. 

 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/20/2013 | 9:33:00 AM
ways to bomb
All excellent pointers. You know when people advise you to "just be yourself?" That doesn't really work for a job interview if you think being yourself includes trashing your last boss or dressing like a slob or using profanity because that's the way you speak among friends.
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