“A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time.”
An interview is often the most important step in acquiring the job you want. Even if you have a great CV and spectacular cover letter, you’ll probably won’t get it to the top among bunches of applicants who stand out better on interviews than you. While some recruiters or employers might overlook the fact that an interviewee is a bit nervous, and still hire them if they fits the qualifications, the same could happen with certain actions during an interview. You must try your best to be as prepared and confident as possible.
Employers are evaluating more than words during interview process. Your actions and non-verbal expressions are great bases for employers if they’ll have to hire you or not. And if you’re not careful, those actions and non-verbal expressions might send the wrong message to your interviewers.
Review these 4 Things what NOT to Do in an Interview and Ace that job.
- Dress inappropriately
According to 53% of hiring managers, wearing clothes that are too tight or too loose, too dressy or too casual, or wearing brands and logos in professional settings is a real bad move. Remember that first impressions last so you need to dress appropriately for your interviews. Some interviewers may inform you on what specific dress they want you to wear beforehand, and some may not. With that, you need to ask or research about the company’s industry, culture and the job position that you’re applying for so that you wouldn’t be caught off guard on your interview. Don’t overdo your makeup or forget to shave. While your experiences should matter more than your clothes, your clothes may be the first thing the employer notices, and you want to impress, not distress.
- Overconfidence or No confidence at all
53% hiring managers said that arrogant applicants turn them off. They would rather hear about your accomplishments in the perspective of how you helped the organization, not the list of bragging rights. But instead, mention your big winds in the company’s overall success or the impressive sales you contributed to the company’s biggest year earnings. While overconfidence is a no-no, having no confidence at all is the same story. If you answer interview questions poorly, you won’t fare much better. The whole point of an interview is to show that you have the ability to do, so failing to give satisfactory answers is the worst mistake of all.
- Badmouth current or previous employers
Half of hiring managers said that badmouthing previous or current employers is a red flag when meeting interviewers. It can be difficult to explain why you left a previous company or why you’re looking to leave, especially if you have been fired in the past. However, control yourself not to say negative things about your previous boss or coworkers. Even if you feel that your story might invoke sympathy, negative comments won’t go over very well. Simply state a difference in personalities or work culture, and emphasize that this organization and you are much better match for both your strengths, weaknesses and goals. Frame your reason for looking a new job in a positive light.
- Unprepared with the Interview
You might think you can fake it till you make it, but 39% of hiring managers strongly disagree with your strategy if you appear unprepared and uninformed about the company and the job position you are applying for. Before your interview day, anticipate possible interview questions based on the position and the company and prepare answers. Research every aspect, from who will interview you, what the position’s responsibilities are, any major news and updates about the organization and a background knowledge of its industry. You also need to prepare the questions you may need to ask to the interviewer. If you don’t have any questions to ask, you will appear more than just unprepared, you will look uninterested. You also need to bring a copy of your CV or resume with you. Although the interviewer may already have a copy, you will look more prepared if you have one with you just in case.
Of course, there are more mistakes that can destroy an interview. No matter how poorly you think the interview went, be sure to thank the person who interviewed you. It may have gone much better than you thought.
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