Avoid These Ten Job Interview Blunders
Many applicants make errors when interviewing, resulting in not receiving a job offer. Below are some items you must be aware of and try to avoid at all costs, ensuring that you have a successful interview.
1. Showing up late
This is one of the biggest job interview mistakes. Timeliness is of the utmost importance when prospecting for a new job. Your first impression says everything to your potential employer. If you show up late for the interview, regardless of the reason, automatically you have set in the interviewer’s mind that you will be late for work as well. Make sure you get directions to the location ahead of time and map out your route. Choose an alternate route in case of construction or other unforeseen events.
2. Not exuding confidence
As soon as you walk into that interview room you must display confidence. This lets the interviewer know that not only are you confident in yourself, but you are confident in your ability to be a solid, contributing employee. The key is to show the right amount of assurance. You do not want to come across as cocky or arrogant.
3. Failing to research the company or position
If you want to work for someone, you need to know why – and it cannot be simply for the money. Check out the company’s website to discover their philosophy and goals and how you can help them succeed. It is also essential that you learn more about the position you have applied for. Neglecting to do so can lead to questions that should not have to be asked; thus diminishing your chances of moving on to the next level.
4. Doing the interview on the fly
If you go in unprepared, do not expect to get the job. Even though it may seem silly to practice for your interview, it is your best shot to ensure that it goes smoothly. Ask a friend to play the role of the hiring manager. They can offer constructive advice on improving your answers and mannerisms. If you would feel more comfortable working on this independently, practice in front of a mirror. That way you know what you look like to the other person. Practice makes perfect!
5. Forgetting to be polite and professional
It seems like manners are starting to go slowly by the wayside in today’s society. This does not mean that you should follow suit. If you cannot show professional decorum and use basic manners in your interview, what makes you think that anyone would want to hire you? Remember to say please and thank you, do not interrupt your interviewer, and show tact at all times.
6. Being unenthusiastic and barely responsive
Even though you might be nervous and more focused on your answers than your appearance, it is crucial that you maintain an upbeat demeanor and show enthusiasm. Do not go overboard and act giddy, giggly, or too enthusiastic, though. Smile, make eye contact, be polite, and show a real interest in the hiring manager and what they have to say about the company and position you are interviewing for.
7. Talking too much or too little
There is a fine line between talking too much or too little. The best way to determine if you have answered the person’s question fully is to think of whether or not all parts have been addressed, have you been definitive, and do you have anything more to add? If you do not have anything more to say, then stop talking. Even if there is an awkward pause, stop talking. The interviewer may be making notes or formulating the next question, not necessarily prompting you to continue. If he or she asks for a more in-depth explanation, then give it. Make sure that you are clear and concise at all times.
8. Focusing on the money and benefits too soon
. Even though most of us look at the dollar sign when perusing the job ads, the beginning of the interview is not the right time to address this topic. You should wait until you have been offered the position to discuss money and benefits. Let them make the offer first.
9. Speaking negatively of others during the interview
Though you may not like the past or current boss, the job interview is not the time to air your grievances. Let bygones be bygones and leave your negative attitude at the door. Even if you are discussing a particularly difficult situation, do not use names, and do not badmouth.
10. Not asking the interviewer genuine questions
At the end of the interview, you will be given a chance to ask questions. Make sure you have two or three in mind before you even enter that room. Asking questions will convey your genuine interest in the position. One question that you should always ask is “What is the next step in the hiring process?” This question communicates your enthusiasm and your desire to progress beyond this stage.
How many of these job interview mistakes have you made? Develop a plan to ensure you don’t make them next time around.