More Things to Avoid in an Interview - the list that never dies!
A lot of these are second nature for mid to senior level professionals, but a gentle reminder is sometimes needed for all of us. Preparing is important and will give you a professional edge.
1. Bad-mouth your boss. It still happens. He may be a jerk, but that jerk, at least a couple of times, has turned out to be a friend of mine.
2. Show up unprepared. No pen? No paper? Silly questions about the size of the company? Your interview will be over quickly. Google the website, scour LinkedIn, just do your homework.
3. Focus on money. This happens way too much. While I will always discuss money up front, if there is no other motivation, the company and I will hire someone who is looking for more meaningful reasons.
4. Dress inappropriately. Dress the part. When in doubt, ask your mom or put on that suit.
5. Dress inappropriately, part II. For both men and women, no cleavage, shine your shoes, shave, cover tats, plug in your iron, put on a jacket (a suit jacket not a bowling jacket), and wear a smile.