There are quite a number of things that could go wrong during a job interview. You could hesitate while answering a question, or answer it differently. This is however not all that could happen. While most interview panelists overlook some of the mistakes interviewees make, there a number that if made could consequently cost you that job.
Here are a few mistakes that could be instant disqualifiers for you:
1. Arriving late
First impressions do matter. Arriving late for an interview is therefore not one of the ways to make a first impression. You may not know it then, but it shows a lack of self-management and disrespect to the interviewer’s time. Plan to arrive early to provide for any unforeseen event that may happen on your way to the interview. If you think you may be arriving late due to an unavoidable misfortune, show professionalism by getting in touch with the interviewer and give you’re a justifiable reason for being late.
Lying is a no-no at an interview. As a job seeker, you may think that you can simply get away with keeping up a lie from your CV all through to the interview. However, what you should remember is that most employers conduct background checks. Avoid lies altogether because after you get caught, you will not be considered for the job.
3. Bad-mouthing previous employers
Never talk negatively about your previous employer or even colleagues, no matter how much you think they deserve it. Negative talk will only make you look both incompetent and petty. As you talk about your reasons for leaving your previous job, stay professional. State the reasons in a way that connects to your personal and career development. Employers look for individuals who demonstrate skills in conflict resolution.
4. Lacking attention
A recruiter cannot expect you to focus on your day job if they discover you cannot pay attention during an interview. In an interview, therefore, you need to show your potential employer that you are worth their time. During the interview, maintain eye contact and listen attentively.
5. Viewing an interview as an interrogation
Interviews can be daunting for many. However, do not make it seem like a one-sided conversation where the interviewer asks the questions and you respond. When given the opportunity to ask questions, do so. This reveals your interest in the job and the institution. Your expertise and ambition are also demonstrated thus showing that you are a serious candidate.
6. Lacking research
If you have not done any research about the company’s services, culture or products, your disinterest in the job will be evident during the interview. You do not have to gather advanced knowledge of everything. Ensure that you have just enough information to be able to ask relevant questions. It speaks to your professionalism and shows how you could add value to the company.
7. Inappropriate dress code
Do your research about the company’s dress code culture by looking through their website, career page or even social media handles. Dress the part and demonstrate that you mean business by ensuring that you look presentable and professional.
8. Waiting for them to call back
Find out from the interviewer when to expect feedback from them, even when you think you didn’t make a good first impression. If possible, collect their business cards so that you have their contact information at hand.
In the end,
Take time to prepare so that you do not get stressed up about these errors after the interview. For more assistance with interview coaching, enlist the services of an interview coach.