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Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.
Jeff Layton: What are some of the biggest mistakes people make in interviews? Valerie Sutton: There are a lot of mistakes people make in interviews. I would say not being prepared is the biggest mistake. You really need to think about what they're looking for and plan for the interview prior to going. One common mistake is showing up to the interview late, and so that already sets a bad precedent. And so you should remember to map out your route beforehand and plan on arriving early, but not too early.
So if you arrive a half hour early, show up where you can sit in your car and wait until about five minutes beforehand and then go into the interview process. And then I would say finally, is that you're interviewing with everyone at the company, so you want to make sure that you're on top of your game throughout the process. So as you walk in and you start talking to the front desk person, you should be on as if it's an interview. Jeff: Because that person might have a say in whether you get hired or not.
Valerie: Absolutely. Yeah. Jeff: Right.
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