Things to avoid in a job interview
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Job interviews are exciting experiences and are an important step in the job search process. You need to prepare yourself effectively and know what to do and what not to do during these interviews. Avoid the following blunders that might lead you to not land on your desired role.
Being Clueless about the Company
One of the basic things that you should know before going for the job interview is the basics of the company you are applying for. It is one of the major turn-offs when applicants need to know about the company from the hiring interviewer. It is not possible to know everything, but we live in a social media era and there is no excuse for you not to know what the company is about, its mission statement, and what they are looking for in the new hire.
Discussing Remuneration too early
It is wise not to bring up the remuneration and wait for the interviewer to raise the topic. However, a lot of candidates bring up the money very early in the discussion which is an immediate turnoff for the HR experts. As a candidate you need to convince the interviewer that you are the perfect fit for the role as well as the values you will be bringing to the company before negotiating on salary.
Not Arriving on time
Talk to any HR expert and you will know that arriving late to an interview is not an option for any candidate who wants to get hired. So it is advisable to always come to the interview 10-15 minutes in advance. You need to consider the busy commuting hours. If you are running late, you need to call the company in advance, let them know about it, and apologize sincerely. You should not also come to the interview too early because it gives the hiring employers an idea that you are desperate for the job.
Forgetting to bring documents
No matter how many times you have sent your resume to the company, do not assume that the interviewer will have a copy of it. So you need to bring several copies of your resume to the interview. Always carry a notepad, a pen, a list of references, and directions. Borrowing office supplies gives an impression that you are not organized and that is the last thing you want.
Trashing the Previous Employer
No matter how big the reason is for you to leave your previous job, do not bad mouth your previous employer to your interviewer. This is because it sets an assumption that you can similarly trash the hiring company in the future. Always stick to the fact that you are looking for better opportunities and growth.
Forgetting to ask questions
Asking questions is very important as it shows your interest and enthusiasm for the role and the hiring company. If the candidate does not have any questions, it just goes to show that they have not done their homework or do not truly understand what the company stands for. So it is highly advisable to prepare a strong set of questions in advance.
Talking too much or too less
Job interviews are all about you selling your skills in the most presentable way possible. But that does not mean that you will continue to ramble on. Understand the questions asked and try to answer them directly but relating a few examples from your previous experiences. Pay attention to social clues. If your interviewer is cutting you off, it means that you are talking way too much.
Always turn off your telephone devices before your interview. Show enthusiasm towards the company and what they stand for. Practice some mock interviews to tackle interviews and improve your communication skills. And above all avoid the blunders mentioned in this article and you are set for a good start.