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Don’t Make Assumptions

This is a good piece of advice to follow in life, but it also has a special place in an

interview setting.  You want to be viewed as someone who understands what is necessary

and can deliver the expected results – more than just in the interview room – and making

assumptions will not guarantee you will be viewed like this.

The easiest and best way to avoid assumptions is to ask for clarification.  If a question is

asked that is ambiguous or you really aren’t sure what they mean, ask them to explain it

to you.  Sometimes, without meaning to, an interviewer will use company jargon or

acronyms in a question or in conversation.  You can respond by saying, “I’m sorry, I’m

not familiar with that term, could you explain it to me please?”  Not only will this show

that you are paying attention but it will also demonstrate that you have an interest in the

company and what they are about.

When you are answering a question and you need to include company specific

terminology, be sure to explain what you mean.  In addition, you cannot assume that your

interviewer will know what you are talking about either.  Take a moment to either set up

your answer with the required information to understand what you are talking about or

pause and explain certain phrases or words.  Better yet, if you can use common terms in

the place of company specific ones, it is the preferable way to go.

Lastly, don’t assume that the job is in the bag.  No matter how confident you are that you

are the most qualified person for the position – it isn’t yours until you have received a job

offer.  Make the best impression you have and keep the mindset that you are still

competing for the job and sell yourself accordingly

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