Recently, I spent a good deal of time interviewing. I was interviewing candidates for a pretty neat job and had high hopes for the candidate pool. I was stunned at the qualities of interviews. Stunned. The people who are interviewing are not reading blogs, following great people on twitter or fans of HR people on fb.
Don't come in smelling like the bottom of an ashtray.
Don't cover up the smoke with perfume.
Don't discuss your lapband surgery.
Don't discuss your impending divorce.
When I ask, "tell me about yourself," the answer is NOT, "well there isn't much to tell." It makes for a short interview.
When I ask, "tell me what you know about us as an employer," the answer is NOT, "Not much, I haven't really done any research."
I always learn so much in interviews.