Interviews generally serve as make or break points in the quest to acquire gainful employment. And as such, people are usually filled with a plethora of what to do to ensure a successful job interview and they usually neglect the aspect of what not to do. Knowing what not to do during a job interview is equally, if not more important than knowing what to do. Thus, here are a few tips of what not to do during a job interview:
1. Not doing enough research: Having the skills for a job is one thing, but just how much do you know about the Company/firm/institution that is interviewing you. Check the ‘About Us’ link on the company/firm/Institution website and read their mission statement. Find out who the competition and major players in the market are. Basically, have general in-depth knowledge about the company/firm/institution you’re being interviewed to work in so you don’t get caught unawares by any unexpected questions.
2. Turning up late: Unless you have a very good excuse and ring ahead to rearrange, turning up late for an appointment will not endear you to any employer. Generally, humans don’t ever feel the need to keep to time, but turning up late for an interview won’t at all improve your chances of landing the job.
3. Dressing inappropriately: Now this is a tricky one. While smart casual might be the current trend, professional attire is still proper business etiquette for interviews. It’s all about first impressions. Also, there’s a thin line between looking casual and over doing it, so thread those lines carefully.
4. Fidgeting with unnecessary props: Spend less time on your phone/tab, and avoid playing with stuff like nail files, hair pins, etc. Avoid chewing gum, it’s often perceived as rude.
5. Poor body language: Eye contact, good posture, a cheerful demeanour and a firm handshake will get you a long way in an interview.
6. Unclear answering and rambling: Take time to think before you answer questions. Also, ensure your replies are as audible as possible so as to avoid being asked to repeat a statement.
7. Speaking negatively about your current employer: Never complain about your current employer no matter how despotic or ineffectual they are. Badmouthing won’t reflect well on you.
8. Not asking questions: Ask questions please, employers want to see that you’re at least interested in the job.
9. Lying on your CV: Please, avoid lying on your CV because anything written on your CV could be discussed at an interview and a fabrication about your work or education record could damage your reputation and reduce your chances of landing the job.
10. Getting personal or too familiar: Avoid giving sob stories and getting too personal with your interviewers. Also, avoid being too flirty. Keep it professional.
11. Not bringing along additional CVs: Always bring surplus copies of your CV to hand out because of the uncertainty.as to the amount of people you’d be handing them to.
12. Not following up: You might not think you’ve performed well in an interview but a simple email reiterating your interest is a courtesy that might just pay off in the long run.