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What a great post. Thank you for taking the time to articulate what a lot of us employers are seeing.
Two thoughts: Interviewing is a contact sport that requires a candidate to make eye contact, carry the conversational ball when it's her turn, and play an active role in the exchange. I sometimes worry that the newest crop of graduates has become overly dependent on technology, at the expense of Real Life Interaction. Practice talking to others. Engage with adults. Learn how to carry and steer a conversation.
My other comment is this: It is true that we see a lot of candidates who need to strengthen their interviewing and research skills. But the flip side for me is that when I see an emerging star, they stand out like a meteor. In a perverse sort of way, it almost makes it easier to spot the good ones.
4 years ago on First Impression: Eight Ways to Avoid a Bad One