Never make these mistakes during the interview
Hunting for a new job can be stressful, and once you’ve managed to secure an interview or two the nervousness really starts to kick in. But follow these top tips of what you shouldn’t do in an interview and you can achieve that dream job.
- BE PUNCTUAL
Don’t be late. It seems to be the most obvious interview tip, but many people struggle with punctuality. Plan your route well in advance, assume you may be delayed to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your interview 10 minutes early. This will show that you are keen and emphasize your ability to be punctual.
- SILENT YOUR CELL PHONE
Do remember to switch your phone off. Even if it’s on silent, you may have an alarm you forgot about to go off in the middle of the interview which will definitely come across as unprofessional
- AVOID SLANG
Don’t use slang or curse words when speaking with the employer. Even if you feel it is a very casual situation, or you are a bit nervous, it’s always best to come off as being polite.
- SPEAK PROFESSIONALLY
Do speak eloquently and think about how and what you’re saying will come across to the hiring managers. Think in advance about what makes you the best person for the role and be confident. Avoiding colloquialisms and fillers such as “um” and “like” will definitely give the hiring manager a better impression of you.
- BODY LANGUAGE
Don’t slouch in your seat or make other gestures that may suggest disinterest in either being at the interview or what the interviewer is talking about.
- PROVIDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLE Don’t use vague and meaningless phrases such as “I’m a good team player” and “I’m a people person”. Instead, provide specific examples of how you’ve worked as part of a team or have developed people you’ve managed in the past.
- EYE CONTACT
Don’t forget to make eye contact and smile. Your interviewer(s) will be trying to work out if you will fit in and get on with others
- DISCUSS YOUR SKILLS
Do share, in a clear and objective manner, what you learned from challenging situations at your previous job and how these acquired skills can be used in this role
- DON’T DO GOSSIP
Don’t talk about past employers or colleagues in a negative way. It’s likely to set alarm bells ringing with your prospective employer.
- STICK TO TOPIC
Listen carefully to their questions and try to stay on topic and keep answers concise and relevant. You will miss out on making your point if you ramble on about things irrelevant to the questions you’re being asked.