A Miami Shores cop and military veteran whose Navy SEAL team captured some of the most notorious war criminals in Iraq is fighting the city over a federal law that allows returning veterans the upper hand when it comes to promotions.

Joshua Koop, who served a nine-month tour in Baghdad in 2009, was bypassed for a promotion last year when the Florida city offered advancements to officers for the first time in more than a decade. Koop said he believes his bid was denied in retaliation for his role as president of the local police union.

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Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane

While being invited into a company for a job interview is a great accomplishment, it does not mean you automatically have the job. During an interview, you’re making a first impression on hiring managers who may be considering tens of other candidates. There is no room for sloppy mistakes. To identify these mistakes, we asked four hiring managers with Hirepurpose companies what job seekers should avoid doing during an interview.

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Photo by Sgt. Clifford Coy

Editor’s Note: A version of this article appeared on LinkedIn.

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Companies rightfully want to hire veterans. America's veterans have always been driven individuals with unique skills and leadership experience. But after more than a decade of complex counterinsurgency operations, today’s vets are more talented than in any era of American history.

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