You’ve updated your CV, submitted applications and finally you get the call. You’ve been asked to come in for an interview. Congratulations! Now is the time to put your best foot forward. You probably know what you should do in a job interview, but what about the things you should avoid prior to it.
- Not doing your research
You might have the skills to do the job but do you know the how the company operates? Check the ‘About Us’ link on the company website and read their mission statement. Find out who the competition and major players in the market are.
- 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.
- Dressing inappropriately
While smart casual might be the current trend, professional attire is still proper business etiquette for interviews. It’s all about first impressions.
- Lying on your CV
Anything written on your CV could be discussed at an interview and a fabrication about your work or education record could damage your reputation in the long run.
- Getting personal or too familiar
Avoid giving stories about how much you need the job due to the mountain of debt you’ve accrued. Also, don’t behave in a conceited or over familiar and flirty manner; it’s not a good look no matter how much you fancy your chances.
- Appear disinterested
Fifty-five percent of hiring managers say this is a big deal-breaker in an interview, and we can’t blame them for saying this is the No. 1 thing you should not do in an interview. If you’re this bored in an interview, how will you act on the job? Employers want somebody who will bring energy and focus to their team, and will engage with the job. Acting disinterested, or failing to show enthusiasm for the opportunity, only signals to employers that you’re not interested in this job—and they’ll find a candidate instead who is.