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Interview stopper: 'Tell us about ... us'

Memo to job seekers: Know thy prospective employer. Sound obvious? It's the most common deficiency candidates have during job interviews, according to a survey released earlier this month.

The poll released by the temporary staffing service Accountemps, found that 44 percent of executives cite "lack of company knowledge" as the most-common interview pitfall.

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Other mistakes cited in the survey of 150 executives with the nation's largest 1,000 companies:

• Lack of preparation to discuss career plans and goals - 23 percent.

• Limited enthusiasm - 16 percent.

• Lack of eye contact - 5 percent.

• Difficulty discussing experience - 3 percent.

• Late arrival - 2 percent.

Candidates preparing for an interview can locate most of what they'll need on the Internet. Most company websites include information about products, executives, and mission.

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Another good source for company information on the Web: Hoover's Online (www.hoovers.com), which lists information on thousands of firms.