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Managers Cite Lack of Knowledge About the
Company as Biggest Interview Mistake
gnorance isn't bliss when it comes to the job hunt, a new Accountemps survey shows.
Nearly four in 10 managers (38 percent) polled said knowing little or nothing about
the company is the most common mistake job seekers make during interviews.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, a specialized
staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and
bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an inde-
pendent research firm and is based on telephone interviews
with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20
or more employees.
Senior managers were asked, "What do you think is the
most common mistake candidates make during job inter-
views?" Their responses:
Little or no knowledge of the company: 38%
Unprepared to discuss skills and experience: 20%
Unprepared to discuss career plans, goals: 14%
Lack of eye contact: 10%
Late arrival: 9%
Limited enthusiasm: 9%
"Knowing about an organization's services, history, goals,
and business challenges when you walk into an interview
shows initiative and will allow you to make a stronger case
for how you can contribute to the firm's success," said Max
Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "At a minimum, job
seekers should visit the company's website or conduct
online research prior to meeting with a hiring manager. They
can contact people in their network and check social media
channels for additional insights about the organization."
Messmer added, "Professionals should keep in mind that
the interview also is a chance for them to assess if the role
is one they would enjoy. Thorough preparation helps job
seekers ask the right questions to determine if the opportu-
nity is a good fit."
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Source: Accountemps,