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Job interview mistakes to avoid

 TYLER (KYTX) -  Whether it's your first job out of college, or a career change later in life, the interview process can be a daunting one. Here are a few mistakes to avoid to help you land the job you want.

 "One of the big things is people really disclose personal information about themselves- real-life situations about what they're going through. And, that is really a no-no in an interview." says Steve Lynch, area operations manager with Work Force Solutions East Texas says.

He says employers don't want to hear about your drama. What job seekers need to do is stay on track and be more specific with shorter answers.

"A person needs to be able to describe their skill set, their experiences, and those kinds of things."

People should also research the company where they're interviewing to show initiative.

"You have to be determined and motivated to actually put in work to look for a job." says Queendolyn Whyte.

She recently landed a job in retail by coming to her interview well-prepared.

"I was professionally dressed. I had my resume and all my certificates."

"They evaluate you from your appearance and your smile and your body posture." says Lynch.

He says all of those factors can impact an employer's decision.

"Depending on the type of job, if you come in there with an exposed tattoo, that can be a major issue for you."

And, don't forget about the way you present yourself online.

"A lot of people use Facebook. And, the things you do with your personal life i know is personal, but employers can view your Facebook page and behavior."


Lynch says if your online profile doesn't fit in with their company, it could knock you out of the running for a potential position.

When it comes to your resume, Lynch says he recommends the standard one piece of paper.  

He says it's also not a bad idea to look up common interview questions online. You can even practice answering those questions in front of a mirror to build up confidence and prepare for the real thing.

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