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9 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

Diary entry for a job interview

Interviews are probably the most challenging part of the job search process. You need to be ready for anything, including weird interview questions.You don't want to blurt out something inappropriate and send all of your hard work down the toilet. Avoid these inappropriate comments during your interview:

1. I'm really nervous. There's nothing wrong with feeling nervous. It's natural to be a little uneasy at an important interview. Don't tell the interviewer if you have butterflies in your stomach, though. Your job in the interview is to portray a confident and professional demeanor. You won't win any points by admitting your nerves or blaming them for any failures in your performance.

2. I don't really know much about the job; I thought you'd tell me all about it. This is a big job seeker mistake, and it can cost you the opportunity. Employers spend a lot of time interviewing, and they expect candidates to have researched the jobs enough to be able to explain why they want the positions. Otherwise, you could be wasting everyone's time by interviewing for a job you may not even really want. Asking questions is important, but don't ask anything you should know from the job description or from reading about the company online.


18 Ways Your Office Job Is Destroying Your Body

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By Vivian Giang and Kim Bhasin

From the printer to your keyboard, the dangers presented in an office can have real effects on your physical well-being, just as mental strains can hurt you in the long-term.

1. Sitting at your desk all day. Sitting for lengthy periods is terrible for your body. Aches and pains are the least of your problems -- it can lead to an early death. You're at a higher risk of muscular skeletal disorders, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and more, even if you work out regularly.

2. ... And slouching is even worse. If your job requires you to sit most of the day, it's best if you get a sitting device that allows you to straighten your poor posture. If not, you're "contributing to a pool of chronic, long-term ailments -- including arthritis and bursitis."

3. Increased chances of physically hurting yourself. Although a treadmill desk may help with the risk of obesity and heart disease, these desks are also prone to increased typos and might cause you to fall more often than merely sitting in a chair.

4. Motivational meetings. In order to get workers excited about the company's mission, employers may host team-building exercises or motivational meetings. But research has shown that forcing people to feel positive for something they're unsure about can actually "highlight how unhappy they are" and, ultimately, will make them even more depressed.

5. Bad air quality in your building. The EPA calls it "Sick Building Syndrome." The air inside a building can be up to 100 times dirtier than outside, and you're exposed to a variety of unhealthy gases and chemicals. There are pollutants in the air conditioning, toxic particles, dangerous bacteria and mold all flying around, especially in buildings that aren't well taken care of.

6. Over-exposure to printers and photocopiers. Photocopiers are a source of potentially deadly ozone if the filter isn't periodically changed, and even small amounts can cause chest pain and irritation. Laser printers do too, along with toner particles that can get in your lungs and blood stream, which could lead to lung disease and other ailments.

7. Spending too much time on a hot laptop. Anyone can experience skin problems from the heat if you use a laptop on your lap instead of a desk or or stand, but there's particularly concerning news for men. NYU researchers found that laptops can raise the temperature of the scrotum, which would affect a man's sperm count.

8. Working for over 10 hours per day. European researchers found that people who work 10 hours or more every day have a 60 percent greater risk of a multitude of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and angina.

9. Endlessly staring at a computer screen. Even though computer screens don't give off radiation, the strain from staring over long periods of time can cause harm to your vision, though many effects are temporary. Beyond that, you can also experience headaches and migraines.

10. Being exposed to way too much light. Over-illumination can cause you many more problems than an everyday headache. Our body treats over-illumination as total darkness, so it messes with our internal clocks. Health problems can include a particularly high level of fatigue, stress, high blood pressure and an increased risk of certain carcinomas.

11. Being really, really bored. Boredom can actually shorten your life, according to researchers. A study from University College London showed that those who complain of boredom are more likely to die young, and those who report high levels of tedium are much more likely to die from heart disease or stroke. It also puts you at higher risk for workplace accidents.

12. Dirty keyboards. Keyboards can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not kept clean. Microbiologists found that keyboards can even have up to five times as many bacteria as a bathroom, and can include dangerous ones like e.Coli and coliforms -- both commonly associated with food poisoning -- along with staphylococcus, which causes a range of infections.

13. Germs in high-traffic areas. Your keyboard isn't the only bacteria farm in the office. Door and faucet knobs, handles, elevator and printer buttons, hand-shakes and more all are hotspots for bacteria. Microbes are everywhere, and some can even kill you.

14. Typing too much. Excessive amounts of typing is a well-known cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a painful wrist strain that can go up your arm. CTS can get bad enough to cause permanent nerve damage and muscle wasting.

15. Tight deadlines. You get stressed out when you have to meet a strict deadline, which can affect your learning and memory according to Science Daily. This sort of short-term stress can be just as bad as stress that lasts weeks or months.

16. Keeping your mouse in the same spot. If your mouse stays in the same spot all day, you can be prone to repetitive strain injury. Upper limb RSI occurs when your tendons are straining more than they should for long periods of time, which can be because of movement repetition, a sustained awkward position, or prolonged pressing against hard surfaces.

17. Smartphone overuse. People who use their smartphones heavily to text and email are prone to muscle fatigue and "Blackberry Thumb," which is a type of RSI. The effects can get so bad that the pain can reach all the way up to your wrist and can be utterly debilitating to your hands.

18. Eating fast food for lunch. Most office-folk go out for an unhealthy lunch once in a while -- some more than others, but even the occasional indulgence has its negative effects. A portion of fast food usually has around double the calories to another similar food of the same size, and they have a lot of oxidized fat, which increases the risk of heart disease.


How to Fix Your Boss

The Office
GettyThe Office's Michael Scott: a boss worth fixing?

"How to Fix Your Boss"--there is enough presumption in that title to choke a horse. "Fixing the boss" assumes that the boss is the problem. As a recovering Idiot Boss (iBoss), I confess that I have been the idiot husband, the idiot teacher, the idiot student, the idiot boss, and--yes--the idiot employee.

I've been an equal-opportunity aggravation to more people than I care to count. So I hesitate to throw stones at bosses until they are proven guilty. But in western civilization, bosses are assumed to be guilty until proven innocent--so stones tend to fly with every boss-sighting.

In a culture where we are socialized from early childhood to rebel against authority, it's hard to accept that rebellion is not necessarily the most effective response to not having our expectations met. That's the behavior we tend to most frequently associate with authority figures; they stand between us and the expectation we have for something they never promised us in the first place.


Making The Most Of Your First Month On The Job

Business people having working lunch in restaurant

By Shannon Lee, OnlineDegrees.com

The first month at a new job is all about settling in and making a good impression. There are certain things new hires can do to start off on the right foot, and behaviors they should probably avoid if they want to stick around long-term. Here is the ultimate guide of do's and don'ts for the newly hired.

Great ways to make the first month count

The interview obviously went well, the papers are signed and it's time to get started. Solidify that great first impression with these must-dos for the first month on the job.

Introductions. The boss might make introductions to co-workers and other supervisors, but taking the initiative to say hello on your own will make an even better impression.

Go above and beyond. Now is the time to make good on promises made during the interview process and prove that the company made the right hire. Get the work done and then volunteer for more -- within reason, of course.

Say yes to lunch invites. Lunch out of the office is a leisurely time to get to know someone better. When invited to a lunch with colleagues, say yes if time permits. When the invite comes from a supervisor, say yes, no matter what.

Find a mentor. Guidance through the choppy waters of that first month and beyond is necessary to stay afloat. Be on the lookout for someone who knows the ropes, has some influence in the company and is willing to take on a mentee.

Ask questions. It takes a while for new hires to learn the ropes, and everyone in the office knows that. So take advantage of it. Try to figure things out first, but if roadblocks happen, don't hesitate to ask others for help.

Stay organized. A ton of information will be covered the first month, so the value of good organizational skills cannot be overstated. Keep a pen and paper handy, jot down notes at every opportunity and review them daily.

Learn the company culture. Pay attention to the company culture and try to fit in. For example, if colleagues prefer to use email or instant messaging rather than step around the cubicle to say something, follow their lead.

Go with confidence. Take a few moments each morning to put on a game face. That means a confident smile and stride, a self-assured attitude and the certainty that today will be great. Confidence can go a long way toward solidifying a great first impression.Things to avoid during the first month

Just as there are many ways to make a great first month impression, there are just as many poor choices that can ruin it. Here are some behaviors to avoid those first few weeks on the job.

Showing up late or leaving early. Never show up late and never leave early. Those are privileges earned over time, and it's impossible to earn them within the first month. Work a full day, every single day.

Expecting help from the boss. New employees work for managers, not the other way around. Managers are there for the big questions, and they don't want to be bothered with the little ones. Turn to colleagues to learn how to work the coffee maker or find the supply closet.

Over commitment. Being dedicated to the job is great, but taking on every request will result in a mountain of work and inevitable burnout. Be honest about time constraints and the learning curve, and know that it's OK to say "no" from time to time.

Panic and frustration. Becoming overwhelmed can often lead to an unprofessional meltdown. Head off frustration at the pass by planning out the day and never taking on too much. Avoid panic by asking for help before it's actually needed. Keeping cool under pressure is a valuable asset.

Social media. Now is not the time to update a status or check Twitter. Even if others in the office are doing it, don't follow suit. Social media can be a serious time suck, and getting caught can look very unprofessional. Stick to work, and nothing but work, all day long.

Gossip. It might be tempting to hear about that scandal over in accounting or talk of the newly hired secretary, but avoid being sucked into the inevitable office gossip. Never say anything negative about anyone, as it might come back to haunt at the worst time.

Long personal calls. Draw a clear line between the professional and the personal. Avoid checking texts, answering calls or otherwise handling personal issues on company time. More established employees might be able to blur the lines a bit, but that's not a luxury for new hires.

Going it alone. Being driven to impress can often lead to taking on far too much and then working alone to figure it all out. Don't be afraid to ask for help -- it's always best to be seen as a team player.

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Cool STEM Jobs That Will Put You in Demand

Scientist Holding Molecule

STEM jobs are occupations based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and although you're likely hearing a lot about the high demand for workers to fill these roles, it may be unclear what actual occupations are available. Even more importantly, you may not yet know just how cool some of these STEM jobs are. Your next job may have you making awesome video games come to life, standing at the edge of a volcano or even preventing the spread of a major disease outbreak.

If you're a master of the science and math fundamentals, and are interested in starting a career path that's sure to have you in demand for years to come, these are some of the coolest STEM jobs to know about. Read on to learn about jobs like music therapists, 3-D designers/engineers, underwater archaeologists and volcanologists.

Check out these other resources to learn more about STEM careers and what employers are looking for in the candidates they need to hire:
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