During the interview process, you may feel like your life is falling apart. Your interviews are taking longer than ever, and you just don’t know if they want to hire or not.
But hang in there, friend. You’re about to experience the most exciting part: the interview. It’s not the kickoff to your future oracle career, but rather the first step towards getting the job.
And not just any job: the job of your dreams. But you can’t just take my word for it. Have you heard of the “it won’t happen to me again” theory?
If you’ve ever been through the interview process, you’ll know that there is at least a little bit of truth to that. And the good news is, you’re not alone.
This article is going to walk you through what not to do during an interview, so you can make the most of your time. It might not be the most glamorous part of the job search process, but it’s the most important. So here are some things you should never do in an interview.
Poor Hygiene And Personal Appearance
This is one of the many things you should definitely avoid during an interview. We all know that messy hair and make-up are a huge turn-off for potential employers, no matter what profession they’re looking in you for.
If you don’t take care of yourself while you’re in the interview room, you’re asking for a miss chance at the job. It’s easy to forget that the interviewer is the same person who will be reading your resume, and they may not appreciate a messy desk or jacket or nails looking like you just got out of bed.
Not only will this make you seem unkempt, but it will also give off the impression that you’re disorganized or don’t care about your appearance.
Rude Attitude To The Receptionist
We all make mistakes during the interview process. Even the best-prepared people make them. It’s part of the process. But some interviewers take this as an opportunity to be mean.
You may not even know it, but you’re dealing with strangers here. You may not even know the receptionist well, but you’d never treat them this way. This one is a no-brainer.
Be nice to the receptionist or front-desk employees even if you have to wait. If they’re nice too, even if they have to take some “order” or “payment” from you, you’ll be that much farther along in the process.
Do not, under any circumstances, be confrontational with the employees at the front desk. Arm yourself with a nice smile, a decent-sized tip, and a sincere “thank you”.
Poor Body Language
Your body language in addition to your actual words is what shows up on the job market radar. It’s what the hiring team will see when they look at you.
And it can be the deciding factor on whether or not you get a call-back. We all know that we post the most information when we’re trying to sell ourselves, but that doesn’t mean that what you’re showing on the job is the real you.
You have to be mindful of how you present yourself physically, as well as the information you’re giving away. If the hiring team members see you with your hands in your pockets and a “neutral” facial expression, you’re probably giving off a “don’t care” vibe. This could lead to the opposite result.
Be Clueless About The Company
Clueless about the company can hurt your chances of getting the job. Make sure you understand the company and what they do before you attend the interview.
You don’t want to appear unfocused or unprepared in an interview. The best way to make sure you’re knowledgeable about the company is to read their website and look for articles or reviews online. Additionally, get acquainted with the employees and try to get a feel for their personalities.
Talk Too Soon About Money
This one is a no-brainer. You don’t need to sell the hiring team on the price of your resumé (or salary) before the interview, but you do need to bring it up when the time comes.
You need to be aware of the time constraints of the hiring team, and not spend the whole time talking about your salary demands.
If you have to bring up the money issue, do it during the negotiation phase before the hiring team has a chance to talk you out of it. All that said, don’t go overboard. A reasonable amount of talk about money but not too much.
Forget Copies Of Your Resume
This is pretty important, as well. You need to make sure that when the interviewer sees your resume, they have a clear understanding of what type of job you have and what you did there.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but so many people leave the process because they don’t bring their resumes with them to the interview. Your resume is your strongest tool in the interview, so make sure you’re accurate and up-to-date.
Forget To Ask Questions
You don’t have to be Socrates to recognize that you don’t know everything there is to know about a company before you apply. In fact, some companies encourage candidates to ask questions!
It’s actually part of the hiring process, and it shows you’re willing to learn. You don’t have to be a whiz at business to recognize that there are likely plenty of things you don’t know.
Be aware of your limitations, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make mistakes, make mistakes, and learn from them. If you don’t want to ask questions, that’s fine no one will fault you for avoiding them. But everyone will respect you more for taking the time to learn about the company before you apply.
Lack Of Enthusiasm
Lack of enthusiasm can hurt your interview. If you don’t seem excited about the job and your interviewer, it will make it difficult for you to relate to and understand the position.
The interviewer wants to see if you’re the right fit for the job and if you have the drive to be a great employee. If you lack enthusiasm, it might make it harder for you to show off your skills and retread more.
When you are interviewing for a position, make sure that you are enthusiastic about the job and the company. This will help to make your interviewer feel confident about your qualifications.
If you are not enthusiastic about the job or the company, it can show in your interview and make it difficult for you to be accepted.
Lack Of Confidence
You’re the one in control of your future. You have the power to choose what career path you want to take. Your confidence in yourself and in the interview process can’t be measured by anything so simple.
It’s the confidence you have in yourself as a person, as a professional, and as an oracle. This confidence will help you stand out in the hiring manager’s eyes.
If you display this confidence in an interview, they will notice and reward you for it. This confidence is the most important thing you can have. The more confidence you have in yourself, the more they will notice.
Lack Of Transparency
This might not be a big deal if you’re just starting out, but once you get to a certain point in your career, you should expect to be transparent about what’s going on in your life.
You should expect to be open about your health, your finances, and your family life. You should expect to be open about the progress you’re making in your career and how you feel about where you are in your life.
This transparency will help the hiring manager determine how much effort and energy you’re putting in to get your foot in the door. And it will help you stand out as an excellent employee.
Talk Too Much
It is important to stay on topic and avoid talking about your own qualifications or experience when being interviewed for a job.
You’ll want to focus on the interviewer’s questions and try to answer them as best you can. If you feel like you’re struggling to answer a question, it’s worth making an excuse and skipping the question. It’s often better to simply skip before the conversation gets too out of control.
The interview is a crucial part of the job search process. You need to approach it carefully, but with confidence and with the right mindset.
Be patient, stay focused, and most importantly be yourself. Your interviews will go much better if you have your best self-portrait on display.
The interview process can be a trying experience. You’ll probably feel self-conscious, nervous, and even a bit out of your depth. That’s perfectly normal! It’s how things should be.
The only way to overcome these feelings is to approach the interview with confidence and a positive attitude. Follow these tips, and you’ll be fine.