Knowing what to not do during an interview might just make the difference in whether or not you get that job! Having the experience and background necessary for a position is important of course, but how you present yourself is also incredibly important. Here on some tips on what to avoid doing and saying at your interview!
- Don’t come in unprepared. You want to know about the company you are applying to work for. You want to be able to relay why you believe you would make a great fit at their company. This requires some beforehand practice. They might not ask typical questions so you want to know about yourself really well. You want to be prepared for questions, and not feel completely as though you are winging it.
- Don’t lie and say you have no weaknesses. We all have weaknesses. Knowing what your weaknesses are and how to overcome them can demonstrate how well you know yourself and especially how you are able overcome situations you might not be able to change.
- Don’t dress unprofessionally. Is your shirt wrinkled? Did you brush your hair and your teeth? Did you forget deodorant? You want to fit in at a professional setting, and you want to be respected. Going to an interview basically requires dressing nicely. Remember the saying, don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.
- Don’t talk negatively about the past. If you had beef with your old employer, the interview with a potential new employer is not the time to bring it up. You might come off as having a problem with all authority and not just your old boss. Having a negative attitude about your past employment might cause the interviewer to think you might have a negative attitude about this job as well.
- Make sure anything that can make noise that is on you is off especially your cell phone. It is unprofessional and can be incredibly distracting. If you are not turning your phone off for your interview, would you turn it off while at the job?
- Don’t leave without asking questions. When it comes to the interviewer asking you if you have any questions, this is the opportunity to turn the interview into a slightly less formal conversation. If you can have intelligent questions written down ahead of time, you should bring them. You will come off as more interested in the company because you will demonstrate that you did your research, and it gives them a chance to talk about their work. People enjoy discussing what they do when they know you are interested.
- Finally, stay calm and take a couple seconds if need be. If the interviewer throws you for a loop, you are expected and sometimes encourage to take a couple seconds to think about your answer. Often times, our first instinct might be to say something not applicable to the situation, but if you can take a couple seconds to formulate your response, definitely do because it is extremely helpful.
Just remember to dress nicely, be polite, and be interested! These key elements, if used properly, can land you a second interview or even a job! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us!