The key to any successful job interview is thorough research, confidence and polished manners.
Having an up-to-date resume and strong references are not enough. Knowing what not to do is equally important as this improves your chances of making a great first impression.
Here is a list of the most common interview mistakes to avoid:
We all are well aware of the importance of first impressions. But did you know, even before you arrive at your interview, you can create an impression?
Well, if you arrive on time you will create a good first impression but if you arrive late… we don’t need to say it!
Running late not only suggests poor time management skills, but shows a lack of respect for the company, the position, and even your interviewer.
Go the extra length to make sure that you aren’t late, and arrive on time, or even early.
Although every company has a different dress code; how you dress at your day-to-day work may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.
How you present yourself during an interview, can have just as much impact on your career as the achievements on your resume.
Remember to dress modestly, you can impress someone with not just your skills but also by the way you carry yourself.
Bad-mouthing your previous employer
The last thing your recruiter would want to know about you is that you are a whiner. Whatever you say and do, never talk ill about your past employer, work or colleagues. You may want to highlight certain things you were not comfortable about at your past workplace but do not put it in a bad light. Try to keep a positive spin on things – What did you learn from the experience? How can you prevent that situation from happening again? Incorporate that mentality in your responses, this will bring the conversation up, with good vibes.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to make these mistakes without even realizing it.
But if you develop and keep a positive attitude throughout the interview process – right from arriving early to the end – you will surely be on your way to a new job in no time.