We’ve all had one — an interview that just went wrong for some reason. But sometimes the reason is right in front of us. Check out this list of common interview misfires from Monster.com, and what you can do to avoid them.
1. Too much perfume or cologne. A little might be OK, but too much is simply too much. Better yet, wear none. You never know if your interviewer is scent-sensitive.
2. One-word answers. Few things frustrate an interviewer like one-word responses. Explain your answer, give examples, and help them get to know you.
3. Talking too much. Just as you don’t want to say too little, be careful not to ramble on too much. Answer the question concisely, with good examples as appropriate.
4. Lack of focus. Make sure your answers address the interviewer’s question and don’t get off topic.
5. No eye contact. Always looking down or somewhere else makes you seem uncomfortable or unconfident. Try to look the interviewer in the eye without making it a staring contest.
6. Too much slang. You’re intelligent, but the only way your interviewer can tell is by the way you speak. So try to avoid slang and filler words such as “um” and “like.”
7. Dishonesty. Nothing will kill your chances like not being truthful. Make an effort to be as honest and forthcoming as you can, while convincing them you’re the right person for the job.
Just because they’re online, doesn’t mean they’re easy. Studying for online classes takes self-discipline and good habits. Here are five great study tips to help you be successful in online courses.
- Study smart. Study in small blocks of time in an area free of distractions. And never study in front of the TV.
- Get organized. Set a study schedule and stick to it. And keep all your materials and notes organized and tidy.
- Read effectively. Read things once through quickly and then again more slowly. This helps your brain break the information into smaller bites.
- Don’t study in bed. Or on the couch for that matter. Study at a desk or the kitchen table when you’re wide awake. You’ll learn better and won’t fall asleep.
- Write notes by hand. Actually writing things out helps you remember them better than copying and pasting or even typing. It’s more interactive and helps you think about the information.
With a little planning and work, online classes can be a great way for busy people to get an education. You can do this!
If you’ve got a full-time job or other responsibilities, online classes can help you get your education on your schedule. Here are five things you can do to help make yourself more successful
- Choose a good school. Find a school with a good reputation, like Everest. It’ll help you in the long run.
- Show up. While there’s no classroom, it’s still important to participate in discussions online or participate in a work group.
- Learn your online tools. Before classes even start, learn how to use your online tools. That’s everything from what buttons to click to what’s available to you online.
- Use a newer computer. Technical problems can throw a wrench into an online education. Don’t let an old computer hold you back, and make sure you install anti-virus software to keep things running smoothly.
- Get to know your teachers and peers. Create an online profile with a picture of yourself and connect with your instructors and fellow students online or over email.
For more about what makes Everest a great choice for your online education, check out the Everest University Online.
Everest Institute recently surveyed 300 high school students age 14-18, asking which field was most likely to lead to their dream job. The top two choices were health care and information technology, with education coming in third.
“The survey indicates that young people are quite savvy and realistic about the paths to successful employment,” said Ken Sigmon, regional vice president of operations at Everest Institute.
A large majority of those surveyed also agreed that getting good grades and a degree are important for finding that dream job.
Everest offers a variety of career training and degree programs for young people interested in entering the health care and IT industries.
It’s an official title to an unpaid job that he’s been doing for years. His words can be seen etched in stone in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse and at Chillura Park in downtown Tampa. And he’s written inaugural poems for three Tampa mayors, as well as for former governor Charlie Crist.
Tokley compares being a poet to being a sanitation worker, saying, “We rummage through the garbage of yesterday and look through the wastebaskets of history and we pull out things and write poems about it.”
When he’s not writing poems, Tokley teaches English at Everest University in Brandon.