JOB INTERVIEW MISTAKES YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE
An interview is usually the stage after advertisement in a recruitment process; It gives the employer the avenue to meet a prospective employee shortlisted for positions being sourced for and most often interview mistakes occur. Interviews also avail the candidate the opportunity to showcase the unique skills they have got to be suitable for the job sought after and ask questions about the employer. There are some mistakes you don’t want to make while trying to sell yourselves to your prospective employer. Few of the mistakes seen to be the biggest you don’t want to make at an interview are discussed below:
- Going to an Interview without Checking the Background of the Hiring Organization: This is a mistake that can make you lose out on answering any other question if you are not able to say something you know about the hiring company or the industry. Except in situations where the recruiting agency refuses to give information about the hiring organization, you are expected to have reasonable information about the organization you are aiming to work at. It gives the picture of your interest in the organization and that you would want to work with them.
- Going to an Interview Unprepared: Being unprepared for an interview includes not preparing for possible questions or forgetting your important documents at home. It shows how haphazard you will handle your role and portrays you as being unserious. It is advised that you take time to study possible area of the job role and be prepared to sell yourself well to the recruiter or hiring manager with the right words, terminologies, and knowledge you have gained. Do well enough to have the copies of your resume and credentials handy in case it is requested for at the interview.
- Going to an Interview in uncomfortable wears: A saying goes thus “That a good shoe takes you places.” When you don’t have confidence in your outfit or look, it affects your general disposition, relation, and comportment. Not comfortable with what you are wearing can make you clumsy and sluggish making you look incompetent for the task and role been sought after.
- Never Lie About Your Skills at an Interview: In the middle of making yourself the best candidate possible never lie or include what you are not skilled at. For instance, you can be good at using Microsoft office suite except for the spreadsheet. Do not feel too bad to mention it and make your recruiter know you are a fast learner and open to taking new challenges. It won’t speak so well if you are asked to practice and you are unable to demonstrate your skill or ability. Lying about job experiences, academic qualification and certification should also be avoided as it is unethical.
- Do Not Belittle or Speak Ill of Your Former Employer or Colleagues as Reason For Leaving: People often leave or change jobs for different reasons. Be diplomatic enough to constructively state your reason for leaving or contemplating leaving your present job for the new job for which you are being interviewed. Never speak of the line manager you couldn’t agree with or the rude receptionist you got tired off or how terrible the company was to you or its employees.
No person is an island of knowledge, therefore if you any of these mistakes before, there is no need to beat yourself up. Get up and do better next time and Land your dream Job.
Also published on Medium.