6 job interview mistakes to avoid

Although the economy seems to be showing signs of improvement, there are still more applicants for every job opening than there are available positions. In a survey, HR professionals outlined six interview mistakes that can instantly kill the possibility of receiving an offer.

5. Checking your cell phone

Nothing says “I would rather be somewhere else” more than casually glancing at your cell phone in the middle of a conversation with someone. Many of us check our phones so many times during the day that it becomes habitual and we start to do it subconsciously.

But in an interview setting, this subtle motion just screams “I’m really not that interested in talking to you about this job.” As hard as it is to believe, in our survey, 11 percent of HR professionals have seen interviewees receive a call or text message during the interview, and some even answer it.

Instead of opening yourself up to the possibility of this interview hazard, leave your cell phone in the car – or even at home. At the very least, keep it turned off (not on vibrate, which can distract you) in your purse or pocket. This will eliminate a potential distraction and allow you to give your full attention to the interviewer.

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