This would be funny if it wasn’t true: A growing number of candidates, once they receive a job interview, spend an inordinate amount of time during these interviews complaining about the financial hardships they’ve suffered because they’ve lost their jobs.
Look, we all know that it’s awful to be without a job. I don’t know anyone who’s done that whole “make sure you have enough savings to cover at least six months without work” thing. (Who can save that much money today?) But a job interview is not the time to confess that you’ve been eating noodles for breakfast.
A story in the Wall Street Journal points to this, and several other job interview flubs, that are keeping the unemployed, well, unemployed. These screw-ups are especially bad today when job interviews are few and far between.
Another mistake candidates are making, according to the Wall Street Journal story? Many are showing up to interviews up to an hour early. What better way to say that you have nothing better to do?
Read the whole Journal story. As usual with the Journal, the advice and anecdotes are right on. If you are fortunate enough to nab an interview in today’s dismal job market, don’t blow it by looking too desperate.