8 Job Interview Mistakes To Avoid

Written by Nathan Newberger

This http://www.WorkTree.com career article gives you some sraightforward advice to pass any job interview.

The interview is a critical part ofrepparttar job search process and alsorepparttar 137329 one where most job seekers have trouble. There is plenty of advice around on how to navigate thru an interview successfully. This article has put together some simple, but crucial items that job seekers should definitely plan on NOT doing! =================================================== JOB INTERVIEWING - 8 MISTAKES YOU MUST AVOID! ===================================================

1. - DON'T SHOW UP LATE. There is no easier way to lose points with a prospective employer than to show up late. First impressions do last. And unfortunately, showing up late screams things like “I am unreliable” or “your time is not important to me”. Is this what you want a prospective employer to think before you even have a chance to utter a word? Make it a point to try to be early to every interview. That way, bad weather, traffic and that last minute phone call stand less chance of ruining your entrance. Ifrepparttar 137330 unforeseen 18-wheeler does happen to dump 10 tons of tomatoes acrossrepparttar 137331 interstate, upon arrival, apologize first thing, offer a quickexplanation and move on. (Ideally you would have called from your cell phone as soon as you caught sight ofrepparttar 137332 delay.)

2. - DON'T ACT DISINTERESTED. No matter whatrepparttar 137333 circumstance never act disinterested during an interview. If 10 minutes intorepparttar 137334 meeting you become certain that nothing onrepparttar 137335 planet could convince you to take a job withrepparttar 137336 company continue to pay attention and act like you care aboutrepparttar 137337 conversation. Remember thatrepparttar 137338 interviewer does not exist in a vacuum. He or she has friends, relatives, and associates who may influence future job opportunities. If you behave poorly,repparttar 137339 interviewer will remember and will sharerepparttar 137340 story of you and your unprofessional behavior with others. Haven’t you shared bad job search experiences with people close to you? The interviewer is probably no different.

3. - DON'T BE UNPREPARED. Being prepared has many facets. Interviewers expect you to know something aboutrepparttar 137341 company andrepparttar 137342 position you are seeking. Having this knowledge makes you appear both motivated and truly interested. So make sure you do your research! Excellent sources of information include,repparttar 137343 Internet, periodicals and people already inrepparttar 137344 field. Another facet of being prepared is being ready forrepparttar 137345 types of questions that may be asked. There are numerous articles onrepparttar 137346 web and in bookstores with practice interview questions and answers. Make sure to utilize all such resources available to you. And finally, don’t forget to have extra copies of your resume and references on hand should they be requested.

4. - DON'T FORGET YOUR MANNERS. No matter how old fashioned it appears to use word like “please”, “sir”, “ma’am” and “thank you”, do not delete these words from your vocabulary. These simple words can work wonders towards making a positive impression. Always use a respectful tone of voice. Do not unnecessarily interruptrepparttar 137347 interviewer. Maintain eye contact and a pleasant expression. Leaverepparttar 137348 slang, slouching and gum chewing at home. Good manners signals respect for yourself andrepparttar 137349 people around you; never underestimate their importance.

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

Written by Cathy Stucker

Mystery shoppers visit businesses “disguised as normal customers,” and dorepparttar things other customers do—ask questions, make a purchase, make a return—but with a twist. These undercover customers are there to evaluaterepparttar 137328 businesses and their employees. After a visit,repparttar 137329 mystery shopper completes a report or questionnaire detailing what occurred.

Why Do Businesses Hire Mystery Shoppers? In general, shops are done to find out aboutrepparttar 137330 level of service provided to customers. However, mystery shoppers may also be asked to verify that employees are neatly groomed and in uniform,repparttar 137331 business is clean and merchandise is displayed neatly, staff persons are knowledgeable, etc. As a mystery shopper, you may be asked to verify if employees used a certain phrase (such as, “Thank you for shopping at Mega Mart.”) or if they used suggestive selling techniques (“Would you like fries with that?”). You may even be asked to shop a client's competitor, sorepparttar 137332 client can compare their operations to others’. Mystery shoppers may monitor pricing, or verify thatrepparttar 137333 business is in compliance with professional standards or government regulations.

One common misconception about mystery shoppers is that they are just looking for what is wrong. In fact, a mystery shopper is there to provide an objective view ofrepparttar 137334 business, and they report onrepparttar 137335 good as well asrepparttar 137336 not-so-good.

Mystery shoppers seekrepparttar 137337 answers to questions. Were you greeted when you enteredrepparttar 137338 store? Wererepparttar 137339 shelves properly stocked? Wasrepparttar 137340 store clean? Didrepparttar 137341 rest rooms have soap and tissue? How long did it take to be served? Didrepparttar 137342 salesperson tell you aboutrepparttar 137343 available service contract? Didrepparttar 137344 cashier properly count out your change? Afterward, they fill out a form or write a report describing what they observed.

Mystery shopping is not opinion research. Shoppers are not paid to give their opinions, they are paid to report their observations.

When evaluating businesses, mystery shoppers arerepparttar 137345 eyes and ears ofrepparttar 137346 business owner. Shoppers tell them how customers seerepparttar 137347 business. Most businesses have service standards and rules for safety and security. Mystery shoppers tellrepparttar 137348 business owner whether his employees are living up torepparttar 137349 standards and followingrepparttar 137350 rules.

Businesses userepparttar 137351 information from shopper reports to reward good employees, identify training deficiencies, make stores safer for employees and customers, and much more. Companies may base performance evaluations and bonus pay outs at least in part onrepparttar 137352 results of mystery shops.

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