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03/23/12
Coaching. Words and Internet messages to avoid
Filed under: Interviewing, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 6:14 pm

Recently, I listened to a couple of timely podcasts
about things we should not do in an interview and
things that are “red flags” in emails.

Interviews:
- Don’t ask what the company does.  You need to
know by doing research on the company before the
interview.
- It is not a good sign to
      complain,
      say you ‘got fired‘ (especially without reason),
and
      respond that you don’t know to a brain teaser
kind of question.  (Often times asking clarification
questions and demonstrating how you solve
problems are what is sought.
-  While our emotions are strong in an interview, it
is good to control the urges we might have to appear
desperate for the job.

Internet Presence (Emails, social networks, and posts)
- Avoid saying your employer’s name in any way
(it is easy to take out of context)
- Use care to “Reply All” in an email, should everyone
receive that email?  Make sure.
- Avoid revealing any thing confidential in an email.
If so, send to authorized people.  Then, understand it
is easy to go “viral.”
-  Words to avoid (thank you A. Sklover)
      profanity
      human body parts
      any inference to workplace violence
      Words:  anger, crippled, national origin, over-
weight, and sarcasm.  So easy to take out of context.

We live and work in a litigious society.

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