Forbes.com recently published Seven Deadly Interview Sins. Most of this advice is aimed at people applying for higher level jobs, but the information is still applicable. I particularly like this part,
"One of the most popular reasons for a quick rejection is cursing.
"The F-bomb gets dropped regularly when I ask candidates about their
former supervisors," says Campbell's Massey.
Meghan Lantier, an
account supervisor at the public relations firm Bliss, Gouverneur and
Associates, sympathizes with Massey. When she interviewed a recent
graduate of an Ivy League university for an entry-level position two
years ago, she asked a typical question: Tell me what it was like
working at your most recent internship.
"He started talking about
a former boss and said, 'That fu**ing guy I was working with … ' "My
mouth dropped open and I couldn't believe this was happening. It was
like an episode out of The Office.""
I hope you know not to curse, but also, don't ever, ever, ever badmouth a former boss or company. It doesn't reflect well on you at all.
From Forbes.com "Thomas Edison famously said that genius is "1%
inspiration and 99% perspiration," but he just as easily could have
been talking about getting rich. For the many self-made members of the
Forbes Four Hundred Richest in America list, amassing a great fortune
has nearly always gone hand-in-hand with decades of hard work. We asked
five self-made members of this year's list to reflect on their first
jobs and what they've learned."
An interesting feature, and more good reasons to go out and get your first job!