In this sort of competitive job market, you can see just how much of an achievement it is to make the shortlist for an interview. It's important, though, to remember that face time with an employer is only half the battle. Unfortunately there are many ways to lose your dream job during the interview process.
One employer has encountered drunken candidates during phone interviews. Timing was clearly an issue with this particular candidate as well: "During the interview, an alarm clock went off from a candidate's briefcase. He took it out, shut it off, apologised and said he had to leave for another interview."
OK, we know these are rather extreme examples. And we're sure you wouldn't blurt out anything as cringe-inducing as what this job seeker came out with: "A candidate said he was so well-qualified that if he didn't get the job, it would prove that the company's management was incompetent." Thank you, and that about concludes today's interview...Anyway, with so much competition and some much riding on your being successful at interview stage, it's important to be as prepared as possible to make sure you don't stumble into the less extreme, but all too common interview pitfalls. Our experts will be taking your questions and dishing out tips on the preparation you should be doing, ways to calm nerves and the killer questions you can ask
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