According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate in February 2011 was at 8.9% and with job opportunities too far and in-between the last thing you want to do when you get a call for interview is not to be at your best. So here is a list of things not do at an interview.
Don’t be late
Showing up late to interview can effectively end the interview before it even starts. Being tardy can give the employer the impression that you really don’t care about working for their company, you are unreliable or even that you are lazy.
Don’t dress inappropriately or attend without being clean
Make sure that you are clean shaven (with or without facial hair), use deodorant and have bathed before going to the interview. Also, ensure you are dress appropriately with the appropriate size of pants and skirts. In this case, you don’t want to reveal anything.
Don’t complain about or criticize your former employer
As easy as this maybe and as much as you may want, especially if you were treated poorly, it is the wrong thing to do. The interviewer may perceive the complaints as being whining or even go as far as assume you are a trouble maker.
If you lie it is likely you will be found out which could cause you bigger problems down the road. Also, in most instances an employer won’t care (depending on question/situation) about your answers as long as you are straight forward.
Don’t go to the interview without doing your homework
One of the first questions that the interviewer will likely ask is “what do you know about our company?” This serves both as an ice breaker and gives the interviewer an idea of what you think of the company by your research. You don’t have to be specific but knowing the type of company, the year the company was founded and any major company events that occurred will only help.
Don’t use careless language
Always use proper English (no slang) and choose your words carefully because once you speak, you can never take the words back. Also, never swear and avoid telling jokes.
Avoid answering extremely personal question
Some of these questions include: Do you suffer from an illness or disability? How old are you? Are you married or divorce? Are you religious? These questions are not relevant to the job and are illegal (discrimination).
“Bureau of Labor Statistics” Bls.gov
“7 interview questions supervisors should never ask” HR Morning.com
“7 Things Not To Do in an Interview (I Think I Had to Tell You)” Work Coach Café.com