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Talent & Recruitment
Feb 3, 2010 | Martin Buckland lock

Weak Handshake

First impressions count! A handshake is an important tool on how people evaluate you within the first few seconds. To me, a feeble or limp handshake leaves me with the impression of a weak and wandering person. However, a firm, not bone crunching, handshake instantly solidifies a relationship. It expresses confidence and power. Shake my hand, please!

Not Asking Questions

An interview is a two-way street. So many people consider it the opposite. This is a big mistake. Ask questions about your future position and the company. This is where the research you should have done before the interview can be very beneficial. Recent press releases can be valuable tools in preparing questions to ask. It shows that you are well prepared and on top of information regarding the company. The questions you ask also can assist you in assessing whether the appointment is a fit for you.

No Eye Contact

What message does it send to the interviewer, if you avoid eye contact? Lots of negativity! Maintain eye contact at all times. However, if staring right into the interviewers’ eyes is uncomfortable, focus on somewhere close like the bridge of the nose. It can be less distracting and unnerving.

Criticizing Former Employers

Again negativity. Keep it out of all communications. Yes, criticizing can be abundant, and we are all tempted to be that way at some stage or other, but it has no place during an interview. Openly, and expressively display your positives emphasizing that you are the best candidate for the position.

Employment Background Checks

Hiring is an expensive proposition and neither party can afford to make a mistake. These days more companies are conducting background checks as the final component of their interview process. It allows the employers to gain more vital, and often highly confidential information about a prospective candidate before making the final hiring decision. Having a poor credit rating can hurt more than just your credit.

About the Author:

Martin Buckland is a Professional Career Management Expert based in Oakville, Ontario. President of Elite Résumés, he is certified in résumé writing, career and executive coaching, job search strategies, personal branding and interview coaching. He has extensive knowledge of the best strategies to secure a job most effectively and is well networked with recruiters and human resource professionals across Canada.

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