26 March 2020 | Career Advice | Guest Author
If you ever been in a job search before, then you definitely know that it’s often hard to land an interview. But when you finally manage to score an interview, it’s easy to call it a victory for the job applicant.
However, don’t let this victory get over your head, because it might be short-lived if you blow the interview. Just because you got an interview, doesn’t mean that you’ve made it to the finish line in your job search. Knowing what not to do in an interview is just as imperative as preparing a good CV that showcases your skills and accomplishments; so, we’ve put together a list of five common mistakes to avoid, as you prepare for the big day.
- Not Preparing For Interview
“Readiness is key for any job that you’re applying for,” said Elizabeth Dobson, a career writer at Writinity and Researchpapersuk. “So, it’s best to research the company that you’re applying to, and be ready to talk about how your skills would make you a great asset to said company. In hindsight, you have to show them how much passion you have, and what you’ll contribute to the company. If they see that you can do the job, as stated in the job description, and you give them good reasons for it, then they’ll see you as confident and competent for the position.”
- Arriving Late Or Too Early
Since job candidates often have several interviews with different managers scheduled back to back, two things could happen when you show up late: Either your first interview is cut short, or you disrupt the schedules of several interviewers. Neither is good for you since it either shortchanges your time with an interviewer or makes multiple people grumpy.
On the flip side, arriving too early can also irritate a hiring manager, since it is equally disruptive to their schedule. It’s important to arrive at least 10 minutes early to get through any security and check in with reception, but it’s a mistake to arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time.
- Too Much Personal Talk
You’re only allowed to have limited time with the interviewer; so, make that time count. Don’t waste time talking about your personal issues, or past negative experiences. Stay focused on your professional experiences, and why you think you’re a good fit for the company that you’ve applied to. Focus on the company’s needs, and what they look for in candidates. You don’t and shouldn’t lie about yourself to employers; the key here is to showcase your true self, but don’t share too much information. And if the interviewer wants to hear more details about you, they’ll let you know.
- Inappropriately Bringing Up Salary And Benefits
“Salaries and benefits are the draw when companies are looking to hire more employees,” said Dorothy Golla, a business blogger at Draftbeyond and Lastminutewriting. “So, it’s easy to get caught up in saying ‘Hmm… I’ll be able to get health benefits with this company!’ or ‘I want to make this much an hour, instead of that little an hour…’ If you bring up salary and benefits during the interview, then you’ll come off as a weak negotiator, and that you’re only interested in pay and perks more than the job itself. So, don’t ever bring those up, unless the interviewer is the one that raises the topic, or you’re offered the job.”
- Not Asking Questions, Or Following Up Correctly
Most interviewers allow you to ask them questions at the end. It’s best to know what type of questions to ask at this point so that you don’t come off as vetting them. This shows that you care about the job and that you’re interested in learning more about it. If you don’t ask questions at the end, then that tells the interviewer that you’re not interested in the job after all.
Also, following up with the interviewer is okay, but don’t bombard them with many calls and emails; it shows you as demanding and impolite. Just send one follow-up email, and then move on.
Anyone can get caught up in the great news of getting a job interview, and then blowing it with one or all of these common mistakes. So, do your best, avoid these common mistakes, and you just might ace your next interview. Happy job-hunting, and good luck!
Regina Raap writes for GumEssays and Luckyassignments. As a professional content writer, she makes blogs sparkle with creativity. In her spare time, she reads her favourite books and spends time with her dogs.