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O‘s Adam Glassman on the Worst Thing You Can Do in a Job Interview

If only he had enough hours in a day. That’s the most challenging part of Adam Glassman‘s gig as creative director of O Magazine, a post where he’s constantly navigating the worlds of graphic design and fashion.

And, of course, working for Oprah means that you’ll always have more interested candidates than open positions to fill. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, Glassman discusses the one thing that applicants do to sully their chances.

“First of all, I think everyone should do their homework. You need to know who you’re interviewing with — not just the human being, but also the publication,” he said. “And I can tell you numerous times people have come in and they’ve never picked up an issue of O Magazine. And I have to tell you something: that doesn’t fly. There are so few jobs out there right now for young people, and there are a lot of people looking for a job. The moment you say that to me, the interview is over, basically, in my mind.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Adam Glassman, Creative Director at O Magazine?

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8 Warning Signs of a Bad Job Candidate

Prospective hires can be really savvy at hiding their weaknesses. But just because someone is good at getting a job, doesn’t mean he’ll be good at doing the job. Being able to weed out the weak applicants sooner can help save time, energy and resources down the line. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on how you can spot red flags quickly. Here’s one warning sign:

No. 3: Being Short on Details

Jon Tucker, senior strategist at Compete Marketing Group, an online marketing agency, cautions managers not to treat resumes as gospel. “Just because someone says they’re good at something on their resume doesn’t mean it’s true,” he said. “By conducting action-based interviews — where you have candidates go through real-life scenarios regarding tasks they performed — you can quickly weed out the best from the rest.”

“Hiring managers need to focus on the actual results someone achieved in a role and drill down on how they achieved them,” said Duffy. “If the person can’t answer with specifics, that’s a huge red flag.”

For more, read 8 Warning Signs of a Bad Job Candidate. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

HR Execs Tell How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Our Career Breakfast panelists had a lot more to offer than cookie-cutter advice about preparing for a job interview. If you missed our live broadcast, we’ve rounded up a few key tips and embedded the full video below.

Lars Schmidt, NPR’s talent acquisition leader, advised candidates to Google themselves to fully understand what the company may know about you. “You don’t want to be derailed by a question you’re not prepared for.”

Mediabistro VP of education and events Carmen Scheidel reminded viewers that the interview itself is a form of research, essentially a great opportunity to decide if the company culture is something that you can commit your career to.

Finally, HR pro Laurie Ruettimann advised job seekers to remain neutral — in both look and odor. That means no hot pink skirts or dumping on cologne. “You want to be memorable for your knowledge, skills and abilities, not for your wardrobe or how you smell.”