Employers depend on interviews to get a glimpse of future employees. It is their first real chance to learn about who they are hiring. Can they depend on you to get their job done and make their company look good while doing it? Interviews can make or break a job offer. Every minute people are getting rejected because of something they did or said during a job interview. Knowing what to avoid doing and saying can help your chances at attaining your job endeavor.
First understand that hiring the proper person for the position means a lot to the employer. Apply for a job that you can physically and mentally accomplish. Otherwise, you waste the employer’s time, but most importantly, you waste your own time and energy. With this in mind keep yourself calm by knowing that this employer does indeed need you. Thus, you have the upper hand.
Staying calm is key. It shows the employer that you can handle being under pressure. Do not partake in stressful things before your interview. Instead, drink calming tea, meditate, give yourself a pep talk, listen to calming music, and pretend that this is just another regular hour of your life.
When you feel stressed, you look and dress stressed. Never show up to an interview unkempt and dressed down. It doesn’t matter what job you are applying for, looking dirty, crazy, and smelling badly will produce an immediate rejection. You will be representing the company and the person hiring you might have to work with you. If your physical appearance makes the employer uncomfortable, he will have one more reason not to hire you.
Try to dress the part. Where are you applying? What do their employees look like? What do you think the CEO of the company would want you to dress like? A nice professional appearance sets the employer at ease and also boosts your own confidence.
Know what not to say. This part requires common sense. When the interviewer asks about your past experiences with jobs do not insult past managers or companies. If you bad mouth them, you could end up bad mouthing this new job. As far as this new employer knows, you complaining can mean that you are a complainer. Also avoid vulgar language. Speak professionally. Try to pick out the good parts about your past jobs, especially anything that makes you stand out as a great employee.
Ignorance, as in the lack of knowledge, during an interview makes employers cringe. So you’ve applied to the job but you know nothing about the company or position for which you are applying. It shows that you don’t care about the job, you just want the money. It signals to the employers that you could potentially be a bad employee who doesn’t show up to work, doesn’t do the work, and doesn’t represent their brand.
Visit the place you are applying to beforehand, whether online or in person. Pick up any literature you can about the company. Make sure to mention the companies past accomplishments.
So you got through everything. Now the employer turns to you and says, “Do you have any questions?” Your answer should never be “no.” This proves to the employer that you do not wish to invest yourself in their company. You should want to know what the company is about, what your position requires, and how long the company will be running. Employers respect people who have a thirst for knowledge. It is integral that you avoid the wrong questions as well. It is impolite to ask when you can take a vacation, or how much your raise will be.