by Victor Brittain-Wong
If you are repeatedly being turned down for roles that you have the skills and qualifications for, you could be guilty of committing any one of these common interview blunders. Many employers, especially those flooded with applicants, have a low tolerance for mistakes – so candidates should brush up on their interview technique to increase their chances of being hired. Below are some of the more common mistakes made at job interviews:
1. Dress code
Not dressing the part can make the interviewer feel uncomfortable, and candidates should always try hard to look professional.
2. Always ask questions
When the interviewer asks: “Do you have any questions?“, the ideal answer to this is “Yes” as it shows that you’ve prepared for the interview, and thought about the company and the role.
Even if everything has been covered during the interview, simply saying “I wanted to ask about the strategy/team/environment … but you’ve covered this already.” At least it shows you had questions in mind.
3. Treat everyone respectfully
First impressions count so never assume that the receptionist/person taking you to a meeting room is less important than the person who is interviewing you.
4. Do your research on your interviewers, as well as the company
An easy way to find out more about your interviewer is to look them up on LinkedIn.
5. Take the water
Take the water when offered to you so that you don’t interrupt the interview half an hour later. Having a glass of water to sip also gives you a way to pause and gather your thoughts for a few seconds before tackling the next question.
6. CV gaps
If you’ve submitted a CV that shows gaps in your employment, you should have a concise explanation ready. Employers know that “life happens”, but know that an interview is not a forum to explain that you were unable to work for three months due to difficult circumstances.
7. Reasons for leaving
It’s quite clear that your last job wasn’t perfect – but be mindful of how you present this to your interviewer. Negativity and personal comments about your current team or manager will cause alarm bells to ring.
8. Read the interviewer
That being said, if you’ve been working through a list of questions for 20 minutes, following a one-hour interview, read the room and know when it’s time to wrap things up.
9. Remember names
Remembering the name of your interviewer always leaves a good impression. A simple “It was great to meet you, Sarah” ends an interview on a pleasant note, and should be applied to whoever comes to meet and greet you at each stage of the process.
- Posted by International Career & Entrepreneur Events (ICEE Ltd)
- On 23 August 2017
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