Dont make assumptions

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Don’t Make Assumptions. This is a good piece of advice to follow in life, but it also has a special place in aninterview setting. You want to be viewed as someone who understands what is necessaryand can deliver the expected results – more than just in the interview room – and makingassumptions will not guarantee you will be viewed like this.

The easiest and best way to avoid assumptions is to ask for clarification. If a question isasked that is ambiguous or you really aren’t sure what they mean, ask them to explain itto you. Sometimes, without meaning to, an interviewer will use company jargon oracronyms in a question or in conversation. You can respond by saying, “I’m sorry, I’mnot familiar with that term, could you explain it to me please?.” Not only will this showthat you are paying attention but it will also demonstrate that you have an interest in thecompany and what they are about.

When you are answering a question and you need to include company specificterminology, be sure to explain what you mean. In addition, you cannot assume that yourinterviewer will know what you are talking about either. Take a moment to either set upyour answer with the required information to understand what you are talking about orpause and explain certain phrases or words. Better yet, if you can use common terms inthe place of company specific ones, it is the preferable way to go.

Lastly, don’t assume that the job is in the bag. No matter how confident you are that youare the most qualified person for the position – it isn’t yours until you have received a joboffer. Make the best impression you have and keep the mindset that you are stillcompeting for the job and sell yourself accordingly.

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