No matter how prepared and experienced we think we are for the next interview if the mind and body are not kept in check against nervousness things are likely to go south right there in the presence of your interviewer.
And that is exactly why intensive planning really matters a lot.
When it comes to the day of the interview, we are always given the chance to make a killer first impression within the space of the first 30 seconds. If you cannot seize this moment and exploit it to its optimum, then you risk getting hired for that job.
However, this is the best shot you can take in the course of the interview: making use of the opportunity to demonstrate your talents and abilities, leaving the interviewer behind with a killer impression (both first and all).
On that note, I want to bring to your notice, 5 mistakes you should avoid in your next job interview. Some of these mistakes stand as an anti-good first impression; killing your chances even before you know it. On the other hand, some other mistakes kill your chances during the course of the interview.
Just remember, you are standing against other talented and serious-minded candidates who are likely to be much more prepared than you. With that on your radar, you should understand that putting up a devil-may-care attitude is definitely not a nice shot. So strap in! Because we are about to get real.
Below is the 5 mistakes that can ruin your chances of getting hired. Steer clear from them.
1. Bad Dress Code
This is usually one of the first impression destroyers. Your outfit must never be chosen at random. Rather, it must be professional and chosen with respect to the company’s dress code. Be sure they are clean and properly ironed.
Do not for one-second think of stepping into that interview room with some ripped jeans and a pair of Nike trainers; this hardly creates a professional impression.
This is exactly why research needs to be made on the company’s dress code. For instance, going for an interview with law firms simply calls for professionalism in its highest form; you are more likely to put on suits.
But interviewing in an IT firm or agency can be more relaxed and flexible with respect to their professionalism; you can put on a well-ironed shirt and some good-looking plain trousers or even a chino trouser.
2. Showing Up Unprepared And Late
In the context of interview, showing up prepared simply entails arriving early, in a well confident manner, and ready for whatever comes next.
Be sure to do your homework properly. Research on the company’s background, its progress so far, its accomplishments, its competitors, its position in the industry market. You can also go as far as reading about important members of the company and also about your interviewer.
If you ever fall short with regards to this preparation, your interviewer will sense you as lazy, therefore highly incompetent.
By now you should know that in the field of interview, there is no reason good enough to validate the crime of coming late; only a few interviewers will consider your reason for coming late. But sometimes shits happens; delays are not always avoidable.
If the situation happens to go beyond your depth, they shouldn’t demoralize you. This is exactly why you should have the contact details of your interviewer so as to let them know of any problem you encountered on the way.
3. Neither Talk Much Nor Less
As a person who wants to secure that job, you must learn to maintain equilibrium between talking too much and talking less. I suggest you take some practices regarding the interview in your college career service.
Long, uninteresting talks have become the order of the day in today’s interview and such an act will definitely get you nowhere near success. Nine times out of ten, talking too much in a fast way signals that you are nervous and that’s a factor you should avoid at all cost.
Most interviewers tend to understand that one can easily be nervous in the interview process so, it’ll be a nice shot to always ask your interviewer for more time to compose your thoughts if your mind ever goes blank.
It is best to always take a moment of silence and a deep breath, before reacting to the question thrown to you by the interviewer. This way you can mentally, always arrange your response very well before dishing them out.
It is better to take up more time answering the right thing than to spend the little time you already have, blabbing and boring the interviewer.
The action of giving too much information and withholding vital parts of the information is just as dangerous as blabbing. I’d suggest you practice your answers very well at home before coming to the interview.
4. Condemning Past Colleagues And Employers
This is one of the biggest mistakes you’ll ever make in a job interview. Spotlighting only the negative angle of your previous employer or colleague can be very detrimental, making your chances of success very slim.
The moment you begin to talk ill of your previous employer or colleague, your interviewer begins to wonder what you will one day say about them in a similar situation.
Irrespective of the reason you left your previous job, never bring the negative aspects to light in the presence of your interviewer. Rather you should go in the opposite direction: talk about the good in them and what you learned from them.
Sometimes you can open up a little by giving just a tiny piece of the negative attitude they once projected, but do not stop there; you want to also tell your potential employer how you manage to take actionable steps in order to surmount the situation.
With such an attitude, you tend to come across as someone proactive and pragmatic in the face of your potential employer; a rather nice skill every employer needs.
5. Failing To Ask Questions
Towards the end of the interview process, the employer is likely to give you room for question(s). This is one of those moments to seize and exploit; a moment to earn more points for yourself.
This is the best time you can ask questions regarding your role, your team, and the achievements of the company. Do not waste such an opportunity. Questions show how interested you are in the company’s progress and the effort you’ll put in when you finally get the job.
Potential questions I’d suggest you ask are questions regarding ongoing projects of the company, opportunities for progression, and maybe the vision of the company in the next 5 approaching years.
With questions like that, I can guarantee you that your employer is already impressed with your projections. You’ll be leaving him with positive impressions.
Wrapping up here, these are the 5 key mistakes that could possibly ruin your chances of getting that job. And to that effect, it is within your court now to steer clear of those pitfalls.
Just as a piece of note, you’ve got an insight into the mistakes to be avoided in your next job interview but they are all meaningless if you don’t know the simple tips to observe during a job interview.
Simple tips include the normal firm handshake, nice and professional outfit, positive body language, proper eye contact, and other whatnot.
Lastly, be polite and kind to everyone you encounter. You’ll never know who will vouch for you in the long run or who might be part of the selection panel.
If you can come to terms with all of the tips I’ve given you so far, you are ready to secure that new job of yours. Best of luck.