The seven most common mistakes that candidates make during interview. Be sure that none of these happen to you!
1. Late Arrival
2. Wrong Dress Code
3. First Impression
4. Rude Behavior
5. Lengthy Answers
6. Ask About Salary
7. No Questions To Ask
- Late Arrival
The interviewers may have a packed schedule of interviews for the day, and a late arrival almost certainly makes them feel annoyed with you before you’ve even met.
Always carefully plan your journey to the interview. Make sure that you know the route to take whether driving or using public transport.
- Wrong Dress Code
You’re dressed inappropriately makes you feel incredibly foolish. Dress code should be smart because they see themselves as official representatives of their organization.
- First Impression
If you appear nervous in your first few minutes, you make it much harder for yourself as you’ll be fighting against the interviewers’ initial impression of you.
Follow these tried-and-tested tips for making your first couple of minutes go smoothly:
- Smile broadly as you enter the room.
- Say hello and something like its good to meet you or Great to meet you – and say it with enthusiasm.
- Maintain eye contact while saying hello.
- Give the interviewers a firm (but not vice-like) hand- shake; and then follow their lead by sitting down when they do.
- Rude Behavior
You’re being observed and evaluated from the moment you arrive at an employer’s premises. Every single person from the organization who interacts with you – or even sees you – can potentially feed information back to the interviewers. I know of a few candidates who have ruined their chances by being a bit off-hand with a receptionist, secretary, or personal assistant.
- Lengthy Answers
If you speak for too long, you’ll bore the interviewers. Remember that you may be the sixth candidate the interviewers have seen today or the twentieth over the course of several days.
Try to speak for no more than two minutes at a time. Even when the interviewers seem rapt, check with them halfway through a lengthy answer by asking: Is this useful? Shall I go on?
- Ask About Salary
Most of us work because we need to earn a living. Of course enjoying your job is also important, but the truth is that a lot of people wouldn’t work if they could afford not to! However, interviewers often see candidates asking about the pay and benefits too soon in the interview process as rather gauche. If you need to pass through several rounds of inter- views, only talk about money in the final round.
The best time to talk about money is after you’ve been offered the job. Failing that scenario, only talk about money if the interviewers ask you about it first.
- No Questions To Ask
If you say you have no questions for the interviewers, you send out the clear message that you are not overly interested in the job. And, if you aren’t that interested, why will they offer you the position.
Always ask at least two or three questions. If you feel all your factual questions have been answered during the course of the interview, you can ask the interviewers why they enjoy working for the organization.