When it comes to the do's and don't of job hunting, avoid these "DON'Ts" from Business Insider at all costs. Otherwise, it could cost you the job that you want.

  • 1

    There's someone else

    Probably not the best move to hint at another gig that you have your eyes on. No one wants to feel second best. Especially a potential employer. If you are holding out for a "better" offer, try saying "I've been talking with another company as well, and while your job is the one that interests me the most, I feel I need to see both offers before giving you an absolute yes." Reasonable, understandable, and no one's feelings get hurt. Job well done.

  • 2

    Stretching the truth on your résumé

    Don't pad your résumé with little white lies and act shocked when you're caught in a web at the final stage of the hiring process. List your duties and accomplishments from former jobs accordingly. If you were fired, don't write "resigned." It's bound to come back and bite you in the you know what later.

  • 3

    Lying about former salaries

    To expand on item #2, lying about how much money you've made in the past in order to get a higher offer at a future place of employment is a no-no. The person in charge of hiring will ask for proof and you'll look like a fool handing over a W-2. "If they find out you lied, they'll nearly always yank the offer, since a lie raises so many issues about integrity and trustworthiness." Just don't do it.

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    Not doing your salary homework

    A VERY hard topic to discuss, but it must be done. You like being able to pay for things, don't you?

    Take the Goldilocks / Icarus approach. Can't ask for too much or you'll seem "out of touch or unaffordable." Can't ask for too little, or you'll "leave money on the table." Do your research, and negotiate properly.

  • 5

    Don't wait to ask for special requests

    If you want/need to work from home every Friday, or take a half day every month (for whatever reason) you should mention that early on in the interviewing process.

    "Generally, employers want the opportunity to say "yes, that could work" or "no, that's a deal-breaker" before they've passed over other applicants and spent real time considering your candidacy."

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