- Going on and on and on -- While you certainly don't want to give a series of one-word responses, be careful not to ramble. Be thorough, yet succinct. Don't over-answer or attempt to fill dead air between questions.
- Poor 'posturing' -- It's not just what you say but how you say it. Slouching, constantly shifting in your chair, crossing your arms or wearing a tense expression can signal nervousness or disinterest.
- Ranting and raving -- It's important to be tactful and diplomatic. Criticizing former employers only makes you look bad. Even a mildly sarcastic quip can raise red flags. When in doubt, take the high road.
- Throwing in the towel -- Don't act dejected if you feel the interview is going poorly. If you fumble a response, maintain your composure and move on. Showing that you can swiftly recover after a setback might actually work in your favor.
Robert Half International (rhi.com) offers this advice on avoiding these four common interview mistakes:
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