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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.”

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Your Tone Of Voice Can Ruin That Job Interview

Even if we say all the right things on a job interview, it won’t matter if you don’t have the enthusiasm to back it up.

Adam Lyons who, as the founder of Insurance Zebra, has interviewed “hundreds of applicants” said, “If you don’t care, I don’t care. Sell yourself and get me excited to work with you. Sometimes people come off like they are sleeping — no excitement, no passion — and it’s a big turn-off.”

Find out how to fix eight more pet peeves of hiring managers in 9 Things You Should Never Do on a Job Interview.

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The Right Answers To Those Dreaded Interview Questions

We’ve all faced those questions in interviews. You know, the ones that make you hesitate, stumble, or just plain feel like you won’t get the job if you answer them incorrectly. For example:

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made at work?

The key is to shift the focus from something you did wrong to something your team could have done better. ”Never openly admit to a mistake that might have caused damage to a client relationship or delayed a project,” said Tiffani Murray, human resources consultant. “Speak more in terms of lessons learned from successful projects. Point out a learning experience that was beneficial to both you and the company.”

Read more in 7 Tricky Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them.

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