Being called in for an interview symbolizes hope for any desperate job seeker, but coming out of the process successfully is a whole new ballgame.
It’s highly imperative to avoid making major mistakes that could raise questions about your professionalism or competence and jeopardize your chance of getting your dream job.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you optimize your chances for success at a job interview:
1. Prepare: As you should for every other important engagement. Practice mock interviews, familiarize yourself with the company or organization, analyze the job requirements and rehearse why you would make the perfect fit for the role!
2. Make A Good First Impression: We’re talking firm handshakes, eye contact, good manners, and a presentable interview outfit. Radiate positive energy and alacrity through your tone and respond to each question with clarity and confidence.
3. Ask Questions: Always be ready to ask intelligent questions during the course of the interview. Don’t be afraid to make inquiries about the job, the employer, or the industry. It shows that you’re a curious and proactive person with a genuine interest in the position.
4. Be Distraction Free: Nothing is worse than a phone call interrupting your job interview. So be sure to turn off or mute your cell phone, and completely put it out of sight until the interview is over.
1. Arrive Late: If you have to wake up 4 hours in advance; do so! Nothing gives a red flag to employers more than a tardy applicant. So, no matter what you do, try to leave early enough to arrive at the interview at least 10 minutes before it starts.
2. Be Overconfident: Feel free to buttress on the amazing skills and qualifications you can bring to the table, but make sure you don’t come off as arrogant or overconfident. Employers dislike job seekers who exaggerate their accomplishments and feel as though they’re too good for the position.
3. Be Too Forward: Asking about monthly salaries, paid vacations, bonuses, and retirement during a job interview is a huge no-no! Wait to discuss such things after you have received an offer.
4. Act Casual: Telling jokes, gossiping about your former employers, or discussing personal and family problems are unacceptable during an interview. Remember that you are in a professional setting, not a friend’s couch.
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