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When you feel your interview is coming to a close always ask how you did relative to other candidates that have interviewed, ask how you did on a scale of 1 to 10 and which areas they felt you were weak on (your opportunity to answer again), and finally, always ask when you can start or if you can have the opportunity to work for them.
The following, listed in order of importance, are the most common errors job applicants make:
- Poor personal appearance.
- Inability to express information clearly -- poor diction and/or grammar.
- Giving vague responses to questions.
- Offering too much information in response to questions -- rambling on.
- Over aggressiveness and arrogance.
- Arriving late for interview.
- Lack of interest and enthusiasm.
- Lack of planning for career -- no purpose or goals.
- Nervousness -- lack of confidence and poise.
- Poor eye contact with the interviewer.
- Overemphasis on money.
- Unwillingness to start at the bottom.
- Making excuses.
- Lack of tact, courtesy and maturity.
- Condemning past employers.
- No genuine interest in company or job – failed to ask questions – failed to ask for the job – failed to say “I want to work here.”
- Chewing gum during the interview.
- Showing little sense of humor.
- Failing to express appreciation for interviewer's time.
- Job application form filled out in a sloppy or incomplete manner.
- Limp or “cold fish” hand shake