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Top interviewing snafus which can ruin a job search, before it get started

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Preparation and maintaining proper
interview skills like sending a 'Thank
You" letter and arriving on time,
can increase your chances on obtaining
the job opportunity.  
When attending a job interview, failing to impress the hiring manager can be the least of the issues that could halt an proper employment search. To believe that 'less-than-sound' response to a tough interview session, could be least in the concerns.

A recent article on Fins Finance highlighting the 'Top Ten Ways to Blow a Job Interview' asked nine recruiters and job search experts to share interview horror stories. The list makes up compilation of events to avoid in during and after the interview process, to receive a call back for a second round, if necessary.

1. Run late. Even better, run late, and don't call.
Everyone is human -- we get flat tires, flights get canceled -- and interviewers understand that. So while your best bet is to be on time, if you make every effort to contact the interviewer as soon as you know you'll be late, you may still have a fighting chance at the job.
A good rule of thumb is to arrive 10 to 15 minutes in advance.
"There is such a thing as being too early," says David Lewis, president of Conn.-based HR consultant OperationsInc. "That's what Starbucks is for."
You might assume that there is an application to fill out when you arrive -- but you should also assume that your interviewer accounted for that when they scheduled you.
And if you really don't want the job:
"A candidate completed an amazing phone interview, and we were really looking forward to meeting them, but they never showed up. The candidate evidently had a flat tire, but didn't think to call us until well over 24 hours later."
-- Skye Callan, an interactive marketing director at Calif.-based recruitment marketing agency CKR Interactive
2. Overschedule yourself.
Whether you're unemployed or a passive job-seeker, it's important to remember that looking for a job is a full-time job. You'll need to meticulously manage your time -- so if you need to schedule an interview for your lunch break, eat a big breakfast; don't go into the interview with your stomach growling, says Lewis but don't bring your lunch with you, or come between your workout and your shower, either.
And if you really don't want the job:
"A candidate sent me an e-mail saying he didn't answer when I called because he had another interview today and he needed to 'take a break from that process.'"
-- Shilonda Downing, president of Virtual Work Team, a Flossmoor, Ill.-based recruiter and temporary staffing firm and previous job search expert guest on the Reach Out Job Search Podcast.
3. Act like you're going out to a bar.
Between too-tight clothes, flirtatious mannerisms, and exposed chest hair, anything that you'd do or wear in a bar setting is bad for an interview.
"An interview is not an opportunity to improve your social life," says Lewis.
"A couple of years ago I had a candidate try to work the angle of being overly friendly with everyone in the interview room," says Callan. "It got to the point where we couldn't end the interview quickly enough."
And if you really don't want the job:
"A young woman dressed extremely inappropriately, forgetting to wear undergarments. In spite of what she may have thought, it was a sure-fire way not to get asked back for a second interview!"
-- Paul Solomon, founder of Wall Street recruiting firm Solo Management 

4. Wait a week to send a thank you note. Or don't send one at all.
Sending a post-interview thank you note should be as instinctive as brushing your teeth twice a day. While the debate ensues over e-mailed versus handwritten notes, many experts suggest that e-mailed notes are just as effective.
"Handwritten notes are more thoughtful," says Vicki Salemi, an accounting recruiter who has worked in HR at KPMG and Deloitte, and author of Big Career in the Big City, "but they put you at a disadvantage over someone who instantaneously e-mails one the same day."
If you do choose to e-mail, keep it simple: "Send me a simple note -- not a Bible. Nothing I need to scroll down through," says Lewis.
And if you really don't want the job:
"Send a single thank you e-mail cc'ing everyone with whom you had an interview that week – [even if they are all] at different companies."
-- Kathy Simmons, CEO of Calif.-based recruiter Netshare
 Read six other ways to blog an job interview at the FINS Finance website.

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