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Desperately Seeking Effective Interviews: Avoid Common "Turnoffs"

Are you speaking over your accomplishments, or letting your accomplishments speak for themselves? When emotions run high during interviews, even the most viable candidates for a job or promotion can leave an impression of desperation without being aware of it.

In his article, Jeffrey Kudisch outlines a handful of points that he deems to be the "biggest turnoffs" when interviewing for a job: sales mode, deviating from the script, looking desperate, overzealous follow-up, and hovering. Falling into the behaviors of these turnoffs can cause applicants to seem overly desperate and hurt their chances of getting the job. The key, according to Kudisch, is to be yourself by letting the talent you possess show itself and to let your accomplishments speak for themselves.

He states that becoming a personal salesman for oneself is actually detrimental in that one might get off track from the questions being asked. This shows that you're more interested in talking about what you want to talk about as opposed to what the interviewer asked. This, in turn, leads to the second mistake of not sticking to the "script". When you're in an interview it is best to keep it straight and to the point so that your answers aren’t lost in irrelevant facts and information. The employer asks specific questions for a reason; therefore, you should respond directly to their prompted questions.

Are you too close to the interviewer? Are you too laid back? Are you fidgeting a lot? These are all questions you should be aware of throughout in the interview. If you find yourself off topic, these physical responses in your appearance and body language can lead to appearing desperate. Lastly, on your follow up avoid seeming too desperate by saying thank you and let that be it. Kudisch has found that overzealousness seems to be a reoccurring theme of what not to do to accomplish a successful interview.

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