Ten Common Mistakes Women Make on Interviews

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"Women can really sabotage themselves during job interviews by either being too chatty or by dressing inappropriately for the interview. Remember to keep your talk and your clothing professional. You can always save that cocktail dress and conversation for your next night out, it's just not appropriate for your job interview," explained Principal of My Job Search Pilot Linda Projansky.

According to the Unemployment Situation Survey released earlier this month by the U.S Bureau of Labor, the unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent. In the United States, 8 percent of adult women are unemployed and the competition for work is fierce. Linda Projansky and Kathy Carpenter of My Job Search Pilot ( http://www.myjobsearchpilot.com) and HR Pilots outlined ten common mistakes women make on job interviews.

"Women can really sabotage themselves during job interviews by either being too chatty or by dressing inappropriately for the interview. Remember to keep your talk and your clothing professional. You can always save that cocktail dress and conversation for your next night out, it's just not appropriate for your job interview," explained Principal of My Job Search Pilot Linda Projansky.

Ten Common Mistakes Women Make On Job Interviews

1.They tell instead of sell -- women focus on their job functions or responsibilities, they really need to focus on their accomplishments instead.

2.Women need to be liked -- women have a need to be “liked” that men just don’t have. They need to place this need to be liked on the back burner. It’s not always about playing nice.

3.They talk about their personal lives too much -- don’t talk about personal things in a job interview. Don’t mention that you just went on a maternity leave or your son's middle name.

4.Women do not negotiate for a better salary -- women tend not to negotiate for better salaries. One estimate says that by failing to negotiate for a better starting salary, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars over the course of her career.

5.They are too chatty -- keep the chit chat to a minimum. Be sure to keep the conversation focused on the job interview and work experience.

6.Women sabotage themselves with honesty -- women tend to be too honest, and they sabotage themselves in interviews saying things like... “to be honest I haven’t done that.” Focus on accomplishments.

7.They may dress inappropriately for the interview -- not sure what to wear? Then ask your mother. Clothes can cost you a job, so be sure to be professional and polished.

8.Women sit by the phone waiting for a call -- be proactive and make that call to find out about a position. It's the professional version of waiting for the guy to call and ask you out.

9.They don't have a clear idea of what it is that they want to do -- do not fall back on the classic line “ I want to work with people.” Say instead that you want to utilize your interpersonal skills managing and mentoring your employees.

10.Women don't ask for help with their job search -- yes, networking can be intimidating or scary for a lot of women but you need to utilize your network.

"Networking can be intimidating for a lot of women. At My Job Search Pilot, we know how important it is to reach out to your friends, family and former colleagues to ask for assistance with your job search. Of course, it is even more important to have a clear idea of what type of job you are looking for first," said Director and Co-Founder of My Job Search Pilot Kathy Carpenter.

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With over 20 years of experience in HR management, HR Pilots (http://www.hrpilots.com/) has helped companies successfully manage the uncertainties of executive search, outplacement and HR policies—from Fortune 500 to small private firms—from established companies to start-ups in many diverse industries. In 2009, HR Pilots launched My Job Search Pilot (http://myjobsearchpilot.com/), a modern career transition service designed to help job seekers navigate, organize and speed their job search.

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