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Job interviews are stressful for many reasons - maybe you're returning to the workforce after some time away, trying to change careers, or just apprehensive like most of us are in the interview setting. Cancer and Careers recently released a video as part of our How-To series on How To Ace the Interview, which offers tons of tools and practical advice on how to prepare for an interview when returning to the workforce.
If you're still looking for more tips and tricks, however, check out this great article in the Huffington Post detailing things NOT to do in an interview. In it, the author asks a career expert for the seven worst mistake an interviewee can make, including:
- You can't answer basic questions about your qualifications - Be prepared to give specific answers about what you have accomplished and try to avoid cliches such as "I'm detail-oriented and a hard worker."
- Knowing little or nothing about the company's culture - Do as much research as you can on the employer and, as the article suggests, dress accordingly to what you learn.
- Badmouthing a previous employer - As the author stresses, a "negative attitudes attract no one." Be diplomatic, even if the previous situation was rotten, and say that you're interested in this new position because you’re interested in new responsibilities, a variety of challenges, a different location, etc.
To read the full list of of the worst mistakes to make in an interview, check out the entire article here. And for even more tools to prepare for the job search, CAC offers several videos, articles, and worksheets in our Looking for Work section.