While wowing hiring managers with your knowledge and enthusiasm, keep in mind that they’re watching what you do as well as listening to what you say. So ask yourself: Do you have any annoying mannerisms? Hiring managers assume that if you are a little annoying at an interview, you’ll be much more so once you’re hired and, presumably, off your guard.
Lasting impressions are formed within 90 seconds of first meeting. So make an effort not to do any of the following at job interviews:
Bet you didn’t know there were so many ways to be annoying! Before your next interview, ask a trusted friend/advisor if you are guilty of any of the above. Or videotape yourself answering questions.
It could be the best thing you do for your job hunt.
Karen Burns, Working Girl, is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, to be released by Running Press in April 2009. She blogs at karenburnsworkinggirl.com.