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Ten Common Mistakes to Avoid During an Interview
Writing an application letter may be exhausting, but being invited for an interview is overwhelming! We tend to focus on so many things at the same time that we forget to do the essential things that will get us the job. No matter how stressed-up you are, try to avoid the ten mistakes listed below.
Do you remember the aphorism that says “do not judge a book by its cover”? Unfortunately, it does not apply here. You need to dress the part; don’t expect to dress like a maid and think you can get the job of a Chief Operating Officer. It doesn’t work that way, probably in the movies but certainly not in real life.
If you want your prospective employers to take you seriously, then look the part. Carefully select your outfit before the day of the interview, get your hair done, nails polished. If you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you exude confidence; that’s what your employers want to see.
Arriving Late or too Early
First of all, for someone looking for a job, going late to the office shows you are not interested in the position. Arriving beforehand gives you time to get used to the environment, compose yourself for the interview. Moreover, anything can happen during a job interview; you may be called first and not showing up will deduct mark from your scores. Furthermore, going too early may send the wrong note. Therefore it is advisable to arrive at the place of interview ten-five minutes before the scheduled time.
Forgetting to come along with your Résumé
Most job candidates forget to bring their résumé not because they are not serious but because they forgot to do number 1 & 2. You may think it is not necessary since your hiring manager may already have a copy. Anything could go wrong which the hire manager may need your copy. Take as many photocopies as you to avoid awkward moments.
Most people think if you portray the “whatever” attitude, they might get the job. This notion is wrong, and it should be stopped. If you don’t want the job how then do you persuade your prospective employers to give you the job? Showing lack of enthusiasm for the company, droopy shoulders, slow response to questions, no eye contact, etc. show that you do not care about the company.
Having Zero or Poor Knowledge of the Company
Poor knowledge of the company is an interview killer; the inability to talk about the basic knowledge of the business makes your hiring manager see you as an unserious person who just went through the company’s website and decided to try their luck. Before attending an interview, do extensive research about the company, know why you are the perfect fit for them, explain how your abilities can improve the company, etc.
Saying What You Can Gain Instead of What You Can do to Improve The Company
When you focus too much on what you stand to gain when they employ you, your hiring manager will tend to get bored within the few minutes of the interview. Avoid talking too much about yourself, or how the job role will help your career. Instead, tell and show them that you have the skills they need to accomplish their vision, mission, and goals after they don’t pay you to help you instead you get paid for helping the company.
Not Having Any Questions
The earlier you see a job interview as a two-sided conversation the faster you secure a job. Prepare the questions you want to ask your interviewers because hiring managers leave time at the end of the interview to answer your questions; not having questions further prove to them that you do not care about the company or the role.
Nevertheless, the questions you have shows the way you think, and it also reveals what your values. Asking the right questions shows that you have done your research, nonetheless, do not ask personal questions, and let your questions center on the company. ask general questions about the company and then narrow it down to your job description.
Follow-ups is as important as attending the interview; it is one of the bases of the interview. You are not the only person they interviewed, you need to leave an impression rather than just keeping mute and hoping they will call you.
Going the extra mile by sending an email within 24 hours of the interviews shows you are organized, and you want the job.
Follow-ups do not mean you are desperate; you are simply thanking the interviewers for taking out time to interview and also reminding them of your proposal. Furthermore, ensure you are not aggressive in your approach; just an e-mail is enough to leave an impression.