8 Job Interview Mistakes To Avoid

Written by Nathan Newberger

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5. - DON'T DRESS INAPPROPRIATELY. Whether you like it or not,repparttar job interview is notrepparttar 137329 time to express your individuality. Always remember that your goal is to gain employment, not to make a fashion statement. Accordingly, you should not dress in any way that will distract attention from you and your qualifications. Things to avoid include unconventional hair colors, excessive jewelry and makeup and any clothes that you would wear to a nightclub. Prior torepparttar 137330 interview, contactrepparttar 137331 companies HR department and inquire aboutrepparttar 137332 company dress code. Do your best to dress accordingly. If there is any doubt, err onrepparttar 137333 side of being overdressed.

6. - DON'T BE UNTRUTHFUL Never, ever lie during an interview. Mistruths have an uncanny habit of catching up to people. Ifrepparttar 137334 interviewer catches you in a lie duringrepparttar 137335 interview, you have seriously damaged your chances of being hired. After all, would you hire someone that you couldn’t trust? If your employer finds out you lied after you have been hired, it could be grounds for dismissal. Even if they do not dismiss you, you are still in serious trouble as you have damaged your integrity inrepparttar 137336 eyes of your boss. The bottom line is that you should always be truthful when interviewing.

7. - DON'T BE MODEST. When searching forrepparttar 137337 right job, put your modesty aside. Don’t be afraid to confidently describe your skills and accomplishments. After all, if you don’t sing your praises to your potential boss, then who will? Don’t count on your resume to do allrepparttar 137338 work; it is only a tool to help you landrepparttar 137339 interview. Once you get your foot inrepparttar 137340 door, it is up to you to convincerepparttar 137341 interviewer that you arerepparttar 137342 ideal person forrepparttar 137343 job. Worried that you will come across as conceited instead of self-confident? Then practice how and what you will say with a friend or family member who can provide honest feedback.

8. - DON'T FORGET THE "THANK YOU NOTE. Oncerepparttar 137344 interview has concluded, take a few moments to jot down your impressions ofrepparttar 137345 interviewer, what you talked about and any interesting points that were brought up duringrepparttar 137346 meeting. The ideal time and place to do this is in your car a soon as you have exitedrepparttar 137347 building, as your thoughts will be most fresh at this time. Use this information as you compose a well thought out thank you note torepparttar 137348 interviewer. Mail this note no later thanrepparttar 137349 day followingrepparttar 137350 interview. Remember promptness signals interest.

By avoiding these 8 simple mistakes, you can improve your chances of having a successful interview and landingrepparttar 137351 job of your dreams.

You can read this article online at: http://www.worktree.com/newsletter/interview-mistakes-to-avoid.html

Sincerely, Nathan Newberger, http://www.WorkTree.com "Helping You Find More Jobs Faster"

Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at http://www.WorkTree.com Nathan has over 10 years experience in staffing and human resources. He has worked both as a recruiter and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has been the Managing Editor at http://www.WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and his articles have helped thousands of job seekers.

What is Mystery Shopping and Can You Really Get Paid to Shop?

Written by Cathy Stucker

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The information obtained in mystery shopping reports allowsrepparttar business to monitorrepparttar 137328 performance of one location when compared to another, or howrepparttar 137329 performance ofrepparttar 137330 same location has improved over time.

Mystery shopping is also valuable forrepparttar 137331 sentinel effect. When employees know that they will be mystery shopped—but they don’t know when or by whom—they will give every customer excellent service. This is especially true whenrepparttar 137332 results of mystery shops are used in employee performance evaluations.

The Need for Mystery Shoppers Today's business environment is extremely competitive. Companies that fail to provide excellent service will not survive. Studies show that a satisfied customer will tell three other people about his experience. A dissatisfied customer will tell ten to twelve people. All too often, though,repparttar 137333 customer won’t tellrepparttar 137334 business owner or manager.

Not only do companies face loss of business from poor service,repparttar 137335 actions of their employees may cause them to be sued by customers or fined byrepparttar 137336 government. With so much at stake, mystery shoppers provide a valuable service by identifying potential problemsrepparttar 137337 business owner can correct before they result in a major liability.

Who Arerepparttar 137338 Mystery Shoppers? Because mystery shoppers look like typical customers (and are, in most ways, typical customers) almost anyone can become a mystery shopper. Shoppers may be any (adult) age, male or female. They may be employed, self-employed, unemployed, students, retired or full time homemakers.

What makes mystery shoppers different from other customers is that they want to help improve customer service and make some extra money while doing so, and they are specially prepared to evaluate businesses and report their findings.

Many shoppers get into this business because it is fun. They love to getrepparttar 137339 perks, such as "free" food and merchandise, and even make a little money while they're getting this free stuff! Although mystery shopping can be fun, it is a business and you will have important responsibilities as a mystery shopper.

If you are interested in working flexible, part time hours, and getting paid to shop, eat and more while providing an important service to businesses, mystery shopping may be for you.

Copyright Cathy Stucker. As a trainer and author of The Mystery Shopper’s Manual, Cathy Stucker has helped thousands of people become successful professional shoppers. Sign up for her free e-mail course on mystery shopping at http://www.idealady.com/shopping.htm.

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