Do not commit these top job interview blunders! Looking for a new job is stressful enough. Not only do you need to have your resume and references ready to go, but you also have to attend a first, and possibly a second, interview for each position. There are certain things you need to think about before going to an interview. Interview blunders are made all the time and have cost people the job they were trying to get. If you prepare first, then you won’t make these same blunders.
Not Being Prepared
Many people don’t bother researching the company they are applying for. They don’t realize that some interviewers will only hire those that genuinely seem interested in the company and what it does. Do your research on the company before the interview. Find out when it started, what it does or sells, and who the head people of the company are.
Another mistake people often make is dressing the wrong way for an interview. If you aren’t sure how you should dress, go to the company and see what the other employees are wearing. If you can’t get in, then sit outside when the company opens or closes to see what is considered appropriate dress. If it is a professional position, you will want to use your best suit (but not your tux). If it is a warehouse or industrial position, then wear clothing accordingly. If it is an outdoor job, dress for it, but dress neatly.
Many people get nervous just before an interview. Calm yourself and prepare yourself before the interview. Don’t view the interviewer as someone ominous. They are a person doing the job they were hired to do. Be confident, but not cocky. Shake hands, make eye contact, talk in an even toned voice, don’t whisper, but don’t yell. Speak in a normal voice, don’t crack jokes, and don’t use a bunch of slang words or phrases. Don’t jabber away, be polite, and ask practical questions. The interviewer will take notice of people who talk too much or too little.
A Few Other Blunders to Avoid
When the job is described, don’t give a list of what you like to do or don’t like to do. If there are aspects of the job that you are not good at, indicate that you are willing to learn more about doing these tasks.
Don’t bad mouth prior employers. The interviewer is interested in what you can bring to the company that is of benefit. They don’t want a laundry list of what you didn’t like about your previous employer.
Don’t forget to follow up a few days after your interview. Many people will just wait around for the company to call them. If you make the follow up calls, then they become aware of the fact that you are actually interested in working for them.
What other blunders can you think of to avoid? Comment and share below! If you need additional help preparing for an interview, reach out to Candace to learn more!