Don’t Screw Up That Interview

July 2, 2014

Career Advice

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BusinessInsider did a great piece on the 17 Most Common Ways People Screw Up Tough Interviews. While we’ve covered some of these risks before — like the pitfalls of winging it and the importance of body language — we want to open up the interview discussion on a larger scale. A lot of the details we discuss are just that — details. But some interviews require you to think about your actions and responses on a big picture level. Here are a few interview tips we created inspired by the BusinessInsider article:

Don’t act like a robot.
The interview isn’t a multiple choice test that you can study for. Be sure that you can have well-rounded discussions about your industry, your experiences, and the the company.

Don’t use jargon unless you understand it.
There’s no quicker way to look clueless than to drop a few industry words without knowing their true meaning.

“Warm up” before the interview, not during it.

The morning of the interview, run through a few practice questions and get comfortable speaking out yourself.

Make sure you understand all questions.

Re-state the question back to the interviewer in your own words and then ask for clarification if you need it.

It’s ok to think out loud.
Sharing your thought process might be helpful to the interview as you try to work through a difficult question.

Get creative.

If you’re asked a question that involves brainstorming or thinking outside the box, just roll with it. There’s no right or wrong answer.


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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