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Professional speaker & author offers tips for grads during job interviews


MADISON (WKOW) -- Many students and professionals in Wisconsin now prepare for their professional life and that means it's important to prepare for job interviews.

Corporate Speaker & Author of "How to Get Fired," Jeff Havens joins Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend to offer job interview tips.

An estimated 1,791,000 college students are preparing to begin their professional lives, and approximately 62,000 Wisconsin high school students will enter the workforce, which means many, many interviews will be taking place this time of year.

Jeff offers four tips for graduates:

Don't ask what the company does. Do your research ahead of time and find out as much as you can about the company and the position you are applying for. This will show the interviewer you are proactive and excited about the position. 

Don't ask about salary or benefits (health insurance, vacation, etc.) during the interview. Save this discussion for when they offer you the job and you're negotiating the details of the offer.

Don't ask how you can get the interviewer's job, or how you become president of the company. This can come off as arrogant, and the answer is always that you have to work hard and earn it like everyone else.

Don't talk about how everyone at your previous job was terrible.  Even if it's the truth, badmouthing your previous employer and coworkers only makes you look bad.

Click here for more information about Jeff's book and business or watch the video above.

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