10 Things You Shouldn’t Do At A Job Interview
Usually when people go out for job interviews, they just focus on the questions they will be asked and forget that there is a lot that counts that is why most people pass their written interviews but fail to proceed to the next level because they failed to behave accordingly.
Below are some of the things you should never do at a job interview;
1. Turning up late
Unless you have a very good excuse and ring ahead to rearrange, turning up late for an appointment will not endear you to any employer.
2. Dressing inappropriately
While smart casual might be the current trend, professional attire is still proper business etiquette for interviews. It’s all about first impressions.
3. Unclear answering and rambling
Take time to think before you answer questions and avoid bumbling to an uncomfortable halt; it doesn’t inspire confidence. Also, don’t mumble; the interviewer doesn’t want to have to ask you to repeat an answer or have to strain to hear every word you’re saying.
4. Speaking negatively about your current employer
Never complain about your current employer no matter how despotic or ineffectual they are. Badmouthing won’t reflect well on you.
5. Getting personal or too familiar
Avoid giving sob stories about how much you need the job due to the mountain of debt you’ve accrued. Also, don’t behave in a conceited or over familiar and flirty manner; it’s not a good look no matter how much you fancy your chances.
6. Not bringing along additional CVs
If you’re unsure how many people will be interviewing you, bring along surplus copies of your CV to hand out. It will show that you’re highly prepared.
7. Not doing your research
You might have the skills to do the job but do you know the how the company operates? Check the ‘About Us’ link on the company website and read their mission statement. Find out who the competition and major players in the market are.
8. Do not leave your cell phone on during the interview
Don’t even glance at it at. Most of us are semi-addicted to those messages and alerts coming into our phone, so knock out the temptation by silencing your cell. If your phone is a distraction during the interview, employers may question how motivated you are about the job or if you will spend too much time on the phone if hired.
9. Do not lean back, slouch or display disinterest through your posture
Lean slightly forward to engage your interviewer (s) and show an interest in what they are saying.
10. Don’t speak in a monotone
Modulate your voice to show emphasis and excitement when making a point. Employers look for energetic and engaged employees.