Are your annoying habits driving the interviewer crazy?

Annoying habits get in the way of finding a jobWhen you go to an interview, you have much on your mind:

  • You wonder if you will be able to answer their questions.
  • You wonder what they will ask.
  • You wonder if you will make a good first impression.
  • You wonder if you will be a good fit.
  • You wonder what they will pay.
  • You wonder if you will get the job.

Sometimes you might be so busy wondering that you forget that you may be doing some things that are driving your interviewer crazy and you don’t even know it. You may be oblivious to those annoying habits but I guarantee your interviewer probably isn’t!

Are your annoying habits destroying your interview success?

Quickly review this checklist of annoying habits to see if you are at fault.

  • Clicking your pen
  • Failing to mute your phone before you go into the interview
  • Chewing gum
  • Wearing too much cologne
  • Dressing too provocatively
  • Biting your fingernails
  • Failing to shave
  • Checking your phone
  • Gritting your teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Cracking your knuckles
  • Belching (or worse!)
  • Tapping your feet
  • Forgetting your deodorant
  • Fidgeting in your chair
  • Saying annoying phrases over and over like “you know” or “like”
  • or heaven forbid… picking your nose

You may think that they should love you just the way you are but I can tell you that it is much better to work on these things before you interview so that you have a better chance of being successful. Preparing for an interview takes time but if you review this checklist to make sure you eliminate these and any other annoying habits, you will make a much better first impression and you might just win the job!

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About Julie Walraven

You quickly see why my unique interactive coaching and strategic resume writing process isn't a cookie-cutter solution. You and I create your personalized job search strategy and define your value and showcase your accomplishments in your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letters, and so much more.