I remember when I graduated from college, people used to give me advice on what to do during job interview. They went on and on about the things I should do, the things I should say, and even the type of clothes I should wear. The one topic that I never heard was about the things I shouldn’t do. Now that I think about it, the things I needed to avoid would have been a great topic for me to know. Why? Because it would have prevented me from making the many, many mistakes I made at the beginning of my job hunting experience.
If you are getting ready to go on a job interview, continue reading. Below, I will share with you four (4) of the most important interview mistakes that you need to avoid to be able to get the job that you have always dreamed of.
Mistake # 1: Going to the interview unprepared: This is the worst mistake you can make. Going to a job interview unprepared shows the interviewer that you are not serious about the job and that you could care less if you get the job or not. It also shows him/her that the messy attitude that you have right now is what they will have to put up with if he/she decides to hire you for the position.
Mistake # 2: Not doing a research about the company you are applying to, or about the position that you are applying for: Knowing the Xs and Ys about the company and position that you are applying for is a very instrumental part during the whole job seeking process. Managers like to know that you chose them because you think your qualifications will match their needs; not just because they had a vacant position. People in general like to feel liked, and interviewers/managers are not the exception; that is human nature, my friends. Knowing that you took time to get to know the company better will show the interviewer that you are serious about the job. That obviously will improve your chances on being selected for the position.
Mistake # 3: Looking either uninterested or overly confident: During an interview, your behavior will show the interviewer if you are, in fact, the person who he/she wants in that position. Unfortunately, looking uninterested is a big, big mistake and will probably cost you the job. But, looking overly confident is also a bad thing to do. I always tell my career coaching clients that there is a fine line between having a passive approach and looking uninterested. At the same time, I also tell them that there is also a fine line between being confident and looking arrogant. You have to know this and make a point of trying to stay within those lines. You need to make a good impression and if you look either uninterested of overly confident, you may end up moving to the bottom of the list.
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Mistake # 4: Not to have a question at the end of the interview: Another big mistake. You always have to have a question. No, questions means… “I am here just for the job.” You need to show them that there is a genuine interest in you, other than just getting a job. Ask about what your responsibilities will be, about the working hours, the company’s mission, etc. One thing to never ask during a job interview is questions related to money. Leave that topic for later when you have gotten the job offer. Before that, stick to questions that show them how interested you are in becoming part of such a great company.
There you have it, my friends. During my 14 years of experience in the human resources field, I have had the opportunity to interview may candidates for many different positions and based on those experiences, I can say that those are the most common mistakes people make when attending a job interview.
Yes, I understand that each job interview will be different. But, if you stick to the interview plan that you have, follow the commonly known rules, and have in mind that these common mistakes can/will prevent you from getting that job, your chances of acing that interview will be higher than if you show at the interview completely unprepared for it.
Remember; learn from other people’s mistakes. That, my friends, will be the key form your success. As a wise man once said; “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana ~