Congratulations – you got that interview! Getting a job interview is a big step in actually getting a job. But you can quickly blow your chances by doing one these five things, according to author and CEO Lynn Taylor.
One: Don’t Try to Be Too Witty
A joke or two during a job interview is acceptable and can help everyone relax, but don’t overdo the humor. This gives the impression that you are not going to take the job seriously enough. Don’t use sarcasm because the interviewers often will not get the joke. Never joke about controversial subjects such as religion or politics. Only use one-liners or very short jokes.
If the interviewer cracks a joke, it’s okay to laugh. Let the interviewer or interviewers set the tone of the interview. If the interview is serious in tone and you are asked about your best character trait (and your mind blanks) says that you have a good sense of humor.
Two: Don’t Be Negative About Former Bosses and Co-workers
Job interviews are not the time to vent about former bosses or co-workers. The interviewers can’t help but think that you are a person that is too easily offended in order to work with the other employees. If you are asked why you left a former job, keep the answer short and positive – even if you have to tell a white lie.
Good responses would be that you hope to work in a more specialized field or that you think that the job you are interviewing for would offer you more satisfying opportunities. Even saying that you want to make more money than what the last job paid is a good response.
Three: Don’t Dwell on Negative Online Reviews
It’s good to do some online research on the company you want a job with. The Internet makes this research easy. Check online trade journals about the company as well as job search sites.
However, keep in mind that many websites are uncensored. Anyone with an axe to grind about the company will post their thoughts. Don’t let these reviews make you scared or make you cancel the interview altogether.
Four: Don’t Fail the “Do You Have Any Questions?” Question
It’s common for the interviewer to ask if you have any questions. The wrong thing to do is say, “No.” You need to ask a question to the interviewer. If you don’t, it shows that you would be a worker who only does just enough to get by but will not put in any extra effort. Come up with questions while you are doing online research on the company.
According to Forbes magazine, good questions include asking about what you could do to help the company be better; what the interviewer likes best about his or her job or even why you would not be accepted, should the job go to someone else.
Five: Don’t Make a Bad Last Impression
Bad last impressions include a weak handshake, hanging about long after the interview is over or appearing far too eager to start immediately. Sending a thank-you note or email the next day is the best way to follow up the interview and keep you in the mind of the interviewer.