Medical Assistant

5 job-interview mistakes to avoid

People are often wrongly dressed for the interview. Usually they are overdressed, have on too much makeup and jewelry or impractical shoes.

When explaining decisions you have made, like why you are changing jobs, the interviewer is often interested in hearing about your motivations and attitude. Never complain about a former job or situation. Find a positive way to frame what you want to say.

Many people have negative speech habits, such as using hedges like just, actually, kinda and almost. Using them makes you seem less confident, less authoritative and therefore less employable. Don’t undermine your credibility.

At an interview talk only about the things that directly correlate with your ability to do the job: know your knowledge, skills and abilities. Talk about the job not your likes and dislikes.

Too many people walk into an interview with tons of extraneous items. Do not bring in your cell phone. Don’t bring in reading material. A water bottle may be acceptable but better off without a drink in hand. Companies hire people not just on a set of skills but take everything you do into account to determine if you fit in to their business.

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One Response to “5 job-interview mistakes to avoid”

  1. Brian Says:

    I think it’s great that you posted this article about job interview mistakes for medical assistants. A lot of times, it’s hard to know exactly what you did wrong on an interview before it’s too late. And by then, you didn’t land the job, and of course the person doing the hiring will never call you up to explain WHY you didn’t get the job–only that you didn’t get it.

    So I think this list is helpful.

    And another reason to not bring in a cell phone–because it can go off. Nothing screams unprofessionalism like a “Call Me Maybe” ringtone why an employer is asking questions to try and determine if you’re the best fit for a job.