You may have heard this sad story many times before: someone goes to a job interview with all the right credentials but ends up not making the cut.
So where could have things gone wrong? TheThat person may have madedone one of these mistakes:
1) Arriving too late or too early for that job interview
Everyone knows that the very first rule of job interviews is to never arrive late: this is perceived as being gives an aura of unreliableility. However, don’t arrive too early either. This gives off the wrong impression that you want the hiring manager to see you at your chosen time (meaning at that moment) rather than take into consideration their own work schedule.
WHAT TO DO: Make it a point to arrive at the interview venue 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled time. If you need to take traffic into consideration, better leave your home early or plan out a more accessible route to ensure that you arrive within this. If you arrive much earlier though, go to a nearby café and wait. Take the opportunity to freshen up and be presentable.
2) You are dressed way too casually.
Do not go to a job interview in casual wear. Though there are some industries that may allow for a more casual get-up, it’s still safer to make an effort to look prim and proper during a job interview.
WHAT TO DO: For men, do not wear T-shirts, jeans, tank tops, and shorts. Dress in a nicely-pressed shirt topped with a blazer and a tie.
For women, you can also wear a perfectly-ironed shirt or blouse. You may also include a blazer or coat. While it is already accepted for women to wear trousers, hems of skirts should be a couple of inches below the knee. Absolutely no miniskirts or skirts with high slits. Leave those high heels at home, as well. Low heels or fashionable pumps would be sufficient.
3) You are not mindful of your posture
Be wary of the fact that the way you carry yourself speaks a lot to a job interviewer. If you sit or stand with a slouched posture, avoid eye contact and mumble, your interviewer might think that you are not ready for the job, you are a slacker, or a potentially discourteous employee.
WHAT TO DO: Always stand and sit up straight with your shoulders back and your chest thrust forward. Always maintain direct eye contact. If you are feeling nervous, give a few minutes to think about your answer to a question and reply in the simplest, clearest of terms.
4) You don’t know anything about your potential career
There are many applicants who don’t bother to research about the company they are applying to because they assume that the job interview will just be all about the interviewer asking them questions and not the other way around.
WHAT TO DO: Do some research about your chosen company. Don’t just limit yourself to the company’s history, mission and vision. See if there are any news reports about the company and its leadership. Check if there is any information about the job that you are aiming for and what the company’s requirements for this position are. Remember, you are also free to ask questions in the interview.
5) Don’t complain about your past employers
If you have worked with another company in the past, most likely the interviewer will ask you why you left. Don’t make the mistake about complaining about past employers or co-workers. Not only will this give a bad impression, it also shows that you are not to be trusted because you will discuss your grievances to anyone who asks.
WHAT TO DO: Do not dwell on the past. Instead, concentrate on the job that you are aiming for. Simply say that your past job was okay but you want even greater opportunities to showcase your skills and accept new challenges, which will be of benefit to the company you are applying for.
6) Paycheck discussions are off limits
A job interview is intended to assess your competence and your personality for the work you are applying. You should not discuss paycheck figures with your interviewer as this will only give the impression that you’re in it for the money.
WHAT TO DO: Do not give any paycheck figures until a job offer has been made. But if you are asked your expected salary, give them a salary range that is appropriate to your position.All content is produced and published by IMPACT! Brand Communications.