Surefire Ways to Tank Your Job Interview
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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From totally choking during a job interview to not following up properly, many nervous and inexperienced job seekers do things they wish they hadn’t. Experts on the other side of the table offer tips all the time on what not to do, but there’s nothing like having firsthand insights from someone who has been there and done that as a job candidate.

Brazen Careerist writer Sarah Greesonbach details the mistakes she’s made in her career when it came to going for the next gig and how you can avoid them.

Mistake No 1: I couldn’t describe myself: You’d think I’d know myself, since I am myself. Yet for some reason, when that question emerged in the interview, I froze and struggled to think of any identifying features that might set me apart.

Avoid this mistake by drafting an elevator pitch that sums up who you are as a professional and as a human being. Here are a few good examples to start with. Just add your own details and a life experience or two:

“For the past 15 years, I was a supervisor at ABC Manufacturing. You might wonder why I want to move into sales at this stage in my career, but much of my time has been spent negotiating with vendors and meeting with CEOs. Although the industries might be different, the skills are the same.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.