We are not going to talk about the obvious, do not be late, do not go inappropriately dressed, do not play with the phone, be distinguished by politeness, etc. First, why anyone with common sense can think of them on their own. Secondly, because there are worse things to do.
Do not get lost in the chair. This is one of the most common mistakes made during interviews. Most candidates focus so much on satisfying the interviewer that their point of view, their point of view, their personality in a nutshell is lost. This is the kind of candidate that is easier to forget than any other, once the interview is over. Do not be afraid to show who or what you are. After all, that’s what they want to see. In the end, if you can not be yourself at work, most likely to look for something else in the next 6 months.
Do not be an answering machine. One of the worst things you can do is sit back in your chair, answer one question at a time, and keep quiet while waiting the next. A strong, successful interview is one with a dialogue between two people.
Do not let your nervousness spoil your opportunity. Either whether it is a weak handshake (which gives the impression of a fragile and insecure person) or strange comments (eg a lot of quiet or noise in the company), nervousness can cost.
Do not ask what the company’s work is or the general duties of the position. You need to know in advance. It is easy to learn. Use the Internet, visit the official website of the company, its pages in social networks, ask people working in the relevant field. If you go unprepared, you will show that you are not so excited about the opportunity to work for this company or for this position.
Problems in your personal life. Having a difficult time will definitely increase the likelihood that you can gain, but it will also raise the question: ‘How will his / her personal life affect his / her professional life? Which will obviously affect your chances of getting hired.
Do not speak bad for previous companies, employers or managers. Keep a neutral to positive attitude, focusing on what you learned from your tenure there and how this can be used to the benefit of your new company. Otherwise, you will give the image of a person who is difficult for anyone to work with.
Do not mention that you do not have enough experience ‘but’. Either because you just graduated or because of a career change, avoid this offer. Although honest, you will show weakness and lack of confidence. So do not draw attention to your weaknesses. Instead, focus on your personal abilities and show your enthusiasm for the demands of the position. Although ‘I know I do not have enough experience in…’ it is more helpful to say ‘I’m excited to use my knowledge in […] and […] for this role, or’ I’m ready to do it next step in my career, and succeed in a different role. ‘
Do not say that perfectionism is your biggest flaw. It is a cliché, it has been heard thousands of times, it has been read in cover letters so many times, and it does not even offer a deeper look at your work character or personality. It also shows that you are not doing so well with self-criticism and that you do not know very well what pieces you need to work on. Alternatively, you can say that you do not do so well in public speaking, for example. After all, public speaking is the number one phobia of people.
Although these are not the only things that they can ruin your chances of getting hired, they are the most important. Regarding, the list of things to avoid in an interview is:
- Give ingredients letters very quickly – and without being asked.
- Appear much faster and force the interviewer to quit what it’s doing at the moment.
- Use complicated terminology or acronyms when not necessary.
- Ask the number of leave days you are entitled to.
- Ask how often company employees.
- Ask when the interview will end.