The global economic conditions have made it more challenging for people to find good job opportunities, or al least the chance for a job interview. With so many unemployed professionals, job searching has become highly competitive.
If you are lucky enough to be invited for a job interview, it is important that you prepare well, and avoid the nine most common interview mistakes, which can ruin your chances to be the new hire.
Being late. Although it may sound like a no-brainer, being late to a job interview may lift questions about your punctuality. In addition, when people are late they tend to hurry, which typically affects their overall performance.
Showing up unprepared for an interview. Make sure to review the job description prior to the interview, and see how your experience makes you the perfect match for it. Try to remember specific examples of your current duties, projects, or achievements that might be relevant to the interviewer. You must also conduct some research about the company.
Being too friendly or informal with the interviewer. Remember this is business, be yourself, but always conduct yourself in a professional manner.
Wearing inappropriate attire. Make sure to wear clean, pressed, and professional clothes. You must draw attention to your qualifications for the job, not your style.
Lying or exaggerating facts. Be honest and truthful in every answer. Interviewers may conduct their research too to confirm all the information you give them. If they find out you lied, it will cost you not only the job opportunity, but also, your reputation.
Trashing your current or previous employers. This reflects very poorly on candidates. The employer will not think any higher of candidates that make their current company look bad. Focus on why you want this new job rather than your reasons for leaving your current position.
Leaving your cellphone on or answering it during your interview. This is an annoying distraction and an interruption, and it may cost you the job. Turn it off during your interview and make the necessary arrangements to receive your calls either before or after the interview.
Filling the silence pauses with unnecessary information or details. Be assertive in your responses. If you are done communicating your message to the interviewer, just wait for the next question.
Asking question about salary, yearly raises, benefits, vacation, and so forth. Remember you are there, because they want to meet you and know about your qualifications for the job. Once you are being offered a position, then you are in a position to discuss those details.
Remember that you only get one chance to give a good first impression. Give your best during your next job interview, arrive 15 minutes early, follow these suggestions, and conduct yourself in a professional manner.