I think we can all agree that job hunting is a pain. First, you have to shove your unwieldy body into professional attire — even if the job is serving coffee or directing people to aisle eight at a big box store. Yep, that blazer sure will be appropriate when you refill the slushie machine. Next, you have to answer the same empty questions at every interview. I DON’T HAVE ANY WEAKNESSES, STOP ASKING! And, finally, you have to somehow convince (bribe) the interviewer that you, more than any other candidate, deserve the job.
This is why so many people want to push interview tactics on you — to minimize the suckage. Sadly, there are no absolute 100% winners. The best you can do is steer clear of major errors and hope for the best.
Here are a few moves to avoid:
Don’t Bring A Friend
Listen, pal, don’t act like your interview came with a plus one. Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) eventually score a job as a doubles act, but that won’t work for you unless you’re one half of an ice dancing team or a dueling magic act. Otherwise, walk the job interview mile alone. Plus, what happens if you get hired? Do you take turns sitting on each other’s lap in the cubicle? If you do, no one will eat lunch with you or invite you to happy hour.