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7 Ways Job-Seekers Sabotage Themselves

7 Ways Job-Seekers Sabotage Themselves

By | Posted - Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.

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There are several ways job-seekers can trip themselves up during the job-search process.
From saying the wrong thing during a phone screening to forgetting a key piece of information about a potential employer during a face-to-face interview, a single misstep can ruin any chance an applicant might have at getting hired.
Here are seven major mistakes a job candidate might make that can prolong a job search.
Talking Too Much
At the onset of a job search, it's natural for an applicant to want to give 110 percent. Be mindful, however, that being too eager can hurt you just as much as not trying at all.
Pushy job-seekers sometimes have a tendency to overspeak during phone interviews in an effort to play up their strengths.
When the phone rings and a recruiter is on the other end, try to contain yourself. Don't start gushing about your professional experience right away. Take a deep breath, listen carefully to what is being asked of you, and only answer those questions. Remember not to give one-word responses, but don' t tell your life story, either. If a company is interested, you'll have plenty of time to discuss all sorts of fascinating topics and share more of your background in a face-to-face meeting.
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