Thursday, March 10, 2011

5 Most Common Interview Mistakes

The face-to-face interview with a potential employer is your opportunity to shine. However, this can be a very stressful process for job seekers. A number of items can go wrong, but you don’t want to be the cause of an issue. Avoid these most common mistakes in your next job interview.

Lack of Preparation
Before your interview you must do your research. Get to know the company, identify their needs, recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and try to determine their motivation for hiring. You must also prepare for the interview by identifying your strengths and recognizing how you can be of benefit to the organization.

Arriving Late
Arrive between ten and twenty minutes before your scheduled interview. Arriving just on-time is the same as being late. However, don’t arrive more than twenty minutes ahead or you will make them feel as though they are rushed and off their schedule. Get directions, take a dry run in comparable traffic conditions, and prepare an alternate route in case of emergencies.

Failure to Ask Questions
Not asking questions in an interview is a clear indicator of either a lack of preparation or disinterest in the job. Use your research to develop well thought-out questions that demonstrate both your interest and your preparation. Never ask about benefits, compensation, or minute details that don’t play a role in the employer’s decision.

Inappropriate or Unprofessional Appearance and Behavior
First impressions are formed within 7 seconds and they are usually based on non-verbal communication such as dress, grooming, posture, eye contact, and your handshake. Dress conservatively and professionally. Pay attention to the details of your grooming and ensure you are neat and clean. Dress one step above how you would normally dress to work in the company. Keep your behavior professional – no chewing gum, turn off your cell phone before you enter the building, and don’t forget to smile!

Failure to Ask for the Job
One of the reasons employers cite for not making an offer is that they were unsure whether or not the candidate would accept. At the end of interview, communicate your interest in the job and ask about the next step in the hiring process.

1 comment:

  1. I have done some hiring. When I need someone, I need someone. It is ok for the person to be eager and come an hour early. It is ok for the person to be anxious. I need someone to help me do a job. Just be honest and sincere, and if you are a fresh grad, don't be a smart mouth.