An interview is an opportunity for job seekers to make a good first impression, and if they don’t, it might be the only chance they’ll ever get. Below are three interview landmines that can ruin your chances of landing you that dream job.
Failing To Do Your Homework On The Position You’re Applying For
Desperate job hunters will often apply for any position which offers good pay, without taking the time to consider the details of the job, history of the company, or whether they’re even qualified. Skilled interviewers from the HR department will often asked specific questions that only someone who has researched the company will be able to answer.
If you answer incorrectly, you can forget about being hired. Before going to a job interview you should first take the time to research the company and its history to determine if it’s the type of organization you want to work for. You should know the details of the position, including the pros and cons. Never apply for a job based purely on the salary.
Speaking Badly of Past Employers
It is common to change jobs because you didn’t like previous employers. Perhaps the work environment was unpleasant; you didn’t get along with your boss or developed other grievances. Regardless, under no circumstances should you ever bring this up during a job interview; to do so is the height of stupidity. Most interviewers are only interested in what you can do for their organization, whether or not you’re a good match.
Bringing up past grievances creates unnecessary negativity which will reflect badly on you even if the grievances are warranted. Sometimes interviewers will ask you why you left your previous job; if it is because you didn’t like your boss, avoid revealing it. Instead, let them know that you were looking for a fresh start or you were attracted to their company due to their strong growth or great products and services.
Being Too Talkative Or Too Quiet
Great attention should be paid to how one speaks during a job interview. Speaking too much increases the chance of saying something foolish, while speaking too little may arouse suspicion. The best and simplest approach is to only speak when a question is asked and to keep it brief without rambling or ranting. Speak clearly and concisely, using proper English and avoiding any type of slang.
Avoid the usage of acronyms unless you’re absolutely sure the interviewer knows what they mean. Don’t speak too low or too loud and never interrupt the interviewer while they are speaking. Always take a brief moment to think about what you’re going to stay before you say it.
All in all, these are the three major mistakes which cause people to fail interviews. Taking the time to learn about the job and company you want to work for, not speaking badly about past employers and controlling your manner of speaking will go a long ways to elevate you above the pack. Asking the interviewer questions which show you’ve researched their firm is another great way to impress.