The transition from a job applicant to a job candidate is no easy task. In a job market that is growing more and more competitive, simply securing an interview is cause for celebration. And while congratulation may be in order, it’s important to remember you are only halfway there, and if you think the interview process is without its pitfalls, you’re sadly mistaken.
All too often we hear about prospective employees, many of whom are more than qualified for the job, losing out because of the interview. More specifically, what goes wrong in the interview. Whether its nerves or lack of experience, if you find yourself constantly being passed over for the job, it is quite possible you are making one of these cardinal interview mistakes. And now, you’ll know what they are.
Not Doing Your Homework
We live in the age of information, so there is no excuse for not doing your homework and learning about your prospective future employer. This includes a minimum of learning what they do and being prepared to speak to how you can contribute to that.
Making Up Answers
It is easy to get nervous in an interview, especially if you are asked a question you don’t know the answer to. It happens, and if it does, the best thing to do is to own up to it, rather than try and talk your way through it. Trust us, they know.
Leaving Your Manners at the Door
A job interview is an important and professional event and should be treated as such. This means no swearing or derogatory comments, always arriving on time, speaking to the person who asks you the question, and not being disrespectful in any way.
You Don’t Ask Questions
While yes, an interview is a chance for the potential employer to ask you questions to determine if you are a good fit for the job, it’s important to remember this is a two-way street. Having questions prepared not only shows the employer you are serious about the position, it also gives you the opportunity to see if the company is a good fit for you.
Sharing Too Much Information
When you go in for a job interview, you are there to discuss yourself in as much detail as it relates to the job. This means education, employment history, skills and so forth. What this doesn’t mean is problems you are having with your spouse, how your kids won’t listen to you, or why you feel the government should stop taxing everyone so much.
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