Five Common Job Interview Mistakes
You perfected your resume, crafted a winning cover letter and landed a job interview. But are you ready to sit in the hot seat with your potential new boss? Overcome your pre-interview jitters by reviewing the five most common job interview mistakes and learning how to avoid them at all costs.
- Not Looking Presentable.
While we’re not recommending that you show up for a retail interview in a three-piece suit, you should make sure the interviewer knows that you take pride in your appearance and plan to take the job seriously. At the very least, iron your shirt, take a lint roller to your pants and brush your hair.
If you happen to be interviewing in a more professional office setting, dress the part. Ladies should wear a modest skirt or slacks with a dress shirt and blazer. Men should wear a suit or a dress shirt and tie with slacks.
- Not Having a Resume.
While you might not need to provide an interviewer with a copy of your resume, bring one to show them that you come prepared. And, since you’ll likely be filling out application paperwork, it helps to have a list of your former employers and the dates you held all your jobs. That way, you’re not struggling too long to remember details or scrolling through your LinkedIn profile on your phone.
- Not Having Anything Nice to Say.
When potential employers ask why you left previous positions, they’re not looking for the nitty gritty details about how Suzie in Accounting was impossible to work with. Don’t talk badly about former employers. Try to focus on the positives and use vague language about why you chose to move on, such as a “lack of growth potential” in the company.
- Not Knowing Anything About a Company.
Do your research about the job you’re applying for and the company where you’re interviewing. Not only will it help you thoroughly answer interviewer’s questions about why you’re seeking employment with them, but it will also give you thoughtful questions you can ask at the end of the interview.
Have one or two specific statistics about the company, such as how much sales increased last year or where they just opened their first international office. Working them into the conversation can help set you apart from the crowd.
- Not Saying Thank You.
There’s much debate about whether or not a handwritten note is necessary in the age of email, but somehow you should appropriately extend thanks to your interviewer. If time allows, drop a brief thank you card in the mail expressing gratitude for their time and reiterating why you think you’d be a good fit for the company. If the manager is going to move fast on a hire, that can all be said in an email.
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