Don’t Get Caught Committing These Job Hunting Mistakes
5 Ways You Can Mess Up Your Interview and How to Improve!
Congratulations on getting your job interview! You’re looking for a new position, a new career, and, now, in being granted an interview – you’ve been asked to participate in an important first step in furthering your future. As you prepare yourself for this interview, you don’t make simple mistakes that can derail your process! As you might imagine, what you say in an interview is important is as important as what you don’t say, as both your words and your actions demonstrate your capabilities and your judgment. With that in mind, if you follow these simple tips, you can improve the chances that your interview going well!
Do not insult the offices or workspace of your potential employer!
You arrive and the office is not what you expected. Perhaps the building and/or the office space isn’t quite a modern wonderland. What’s worse, the offices might even be bad. If that is the case, the recruiter or the interviewer doesn’t need to know your disdain for the working place. Even small quips at your potential work environment can hurt your chances at getting hired. A hiring manager does not want to waste his or her time by inviting potential employees to their work environment only to have them insult their work space that they would have to work in, if brought on. If the work space didn’t quite hit the mark, silence is golden for you.
Eliminate the “um’s and hmm’s”!
Filler words, such as “um,” “hmm” and “erm,” detract from the interview process. These stops, starts, grunts and “almost” words often are used to fill a gap of awkward silence or represent hesitation. To the interviewer, it will seem that you lack confidence or are unsure about yourself. Eliminating filler words in your speech may seem difficult and/or insignificant at first, but the results can be heard for themselves. To help yourself get rid of the filler words, if you don’t have the answer to a question, stay silent, until you compose yourself and find the words. It’s better to pause and say nothing-at-all than filling the air with a stream of filler words…
No profanity, at all.
No matter how often or how little you use profanity in your everyday life, swearing has never been a professional trait and you should avoid using it during your interview at all costs, even if your interviewer is swearing. With every work place, the use of language can differ and be more liberal or conservative, but, you shouldn’t assume that profanity is accepted during the interview process and before receiving an offer of employment from the company.
No questions for the interviewer? No good.
You should always have questions ready, either during the interview or at the end. Even if you know the answer to many of the questions you may have in mind, you should still ask the interviewer themselves. Asking questions about the work facilitates engagement and interest in the interviewer and demonstrates that you really care about the job. Failure to ask questions risks looking like you don’t care about the position or your potential future there.
It helps to jot down some quick questions you have so that you have something prepared and to fall back on during the interview itself. Further, if you feel like you may be stumped, it may help to make mental notes about the specifics of the interview and ask the interviewer to ask a question about said topic. This type of preparation and during interview engagement illustrates that you have prepared for the interview ahead of time and shows a commitment to the position.
Do not insult your current or former employer!
Whatever your current employment situation may be, it is never a good idea under any circumstances to speak ill of your former employers or your current employer. Even if your employer has a reputation or you feel the need to justify leaving your current company, talking negatively about your former employers openly can cause your potential employers to feel unease about hiring you. If you are willing to speak poorly about your work experiences to someone looking to bring you on board, chances are, the hiring manager will thinks you will do the same to them if you leave the company.
Follow this these steps and you too can avoid devastating interview pitfalls! We wish you the best of luck in your job interview!
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