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These are mistakes you should already know to avoid making, but before we get to the more complicated problems that can sabotage you, they’re worth noting.
You Were Disrespectful to the Receptionist
From the moment you arrive, consider yourself under the microscope. Your every move is being analyzed. I shouldn’t have to remind you that it is the right thing to do to be respectful and cordial. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice,
Some managers would deliberately ask for their opinion of you from the receptionist or administrative assistant. Hiring managers strive to develop a cohesive team and a positive work atmosphere. If they have the impression that you are not going to play nice with anyone, they will not compromise the dynamic of the team they have already formed.
You have not been following the instructions
Many companies will ask you to bring to the interview those things with you. An ID, references, proof of education, a lot of copies of your resume, for instance. Whatever it is, for a reason, they are demanding it. If you do not follow these guidelines or if you make up reasons for why you’re not prepared, you can bet they see that as an indicator of how you’re going to react to job duties. This was your first mission and you sadly failed.
And by the way, one of the key reasons for candidates being rejected at the application stage and never getting through to the interview is failure to obey instructions.
You’ve been sharing too much
The position to discuss personal issues is not a job interview. But what about when a private matter relates to why you quit a job or why your resume has a gap?
The real test here is whether you can discern what is suitable to share. You risk steering the interview off course or coming off as unprofessional if you reveal too much.
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This is why if you have a tricky problem that could occur in your interviewers, it is so important to plan your speaking points. What if, for example, you took time off because of sickness or a family affair? You know that the subject is going to come up, so plan how you are going to handle it.
Typically, keeping it short and general is best. Resist the temptation to over-explain or get defensive. Remember to reiterate that now, even if you had to take time off in the past, you are ready to commit to this position.
Oversharing over previous roles is also possible. We’ve heard it over and over again: “Don’t talk about your past employers negatively.”
Nonetheless, candidates do make this error sometimes. Vent, not the interviewer, to your family and friends. Many people believe they should be excused because they began the sentence with, “I don’t want to talk badly about anyone, but…” by making derogatory remarks. That way, it doesn’t work. Negative talk is only going to distract them from your good characteristics.
Your Timing was Off
Everybody knows that for a job interview, you can never turn up late. Right? Even if you have a legitimate reason for being delayed, this is a hard mistake to overcome. A manager can presume right away that you’re not serious about the opportunity, or worse, that you’re just not reliable.
If you happen to be late, possessing it is your only chance of redemption. Acknowledge that you have been late, apologies, and then thank them for their desire to see you again. You made a mistake. We’re all doing it. It’s how you approach it that’s going to help them get your character a peek. The worst thing that you can do is pretend that they have not noticed. Believe me, they noticed.
But did you know that it is just as bad to arrive too early as to showing up late? You are excited. You’re nervous. You’re eager. You’re way too early, though.
You meant perfect. That we know. Yet you unintentionally bothered someone or stressed someone out by turning up too early. “They know you’re out there sitting and waiting, people start asking, “Who’s that person here for? ”
A slight whiff of desperation can also be expressed by turning up extra early.
It sounds dumb. we get this. It’s true, however. You don’t want anyone to assess whether you are the best candidate for the job who is already irritated with your actions; sadly, they have probably already determined that you are not and will use the interview to validate that decision. It’s not rational or fair, but it happens.
You would like to come across as eager, not desperate. A simple rule of thumb is that you should arrive no more than 15 minutes before your expected time.
Give yourself enough time to prepare for unexpected delays, of course, but once you find the office, if you have time to spare, go to the nearest coffee shop or, if you need to, hang out in your car. To gather yourself, study the job description, and go through your notes, use this extra time.
You Have Been Unpolished
Industry and business culture will affect the clothing you pick for an interview, but no matter where you go, sloppy is sloppy. When you only have 20-30 minutes to make an impact, small things will make a huge difference. All signs that you do not have your act together are unkempt hair, wrinkled or dirty clothing, body odor or heavy cologne/perfume scents, shuffling around an unorganized bag.
Sloppiness makes you look like you don’t care about training yourself properly. A lack of polish would also be seen by many executives as a sign that they will not be willing to trust you to represent their community or the company positively.
They might also be too busy to focus on your answers if you’re a real mess. Shallow? Probably. signals, often even on a more subconscious level, make a difference.
You Flubbed at the End asking questions
Did you hear the old cliche that “there aren’t any silly questions”? Yeah, there are those in a job interview. The aim of an interview is for you to demonstrate that you have the requisite expertise and skills to fulfill the job while assuring the interviewer that you are willing to commit, work hard and excel in the role. You want them to understand that you have a clear understanding of what the work means and that you are ready to take on the task.
You will definitely be asked at some point in almost every interview if you have any questions. You want to make sure you have concerns and they reflect on you well.
There are a lot of questions you can ask that will help your target. You want to demonstrate that you are interested in the job, smart, and have done some homework.
Stop issues that do not contribute any substance to the debate. Don’t talk for subjects that you should have already studied. Don’t ask questions about timetables, hours, holidays and benefits (save these or after they already love you).
Take this opportunity to demonstrate that you want to learn more about the vision of the interviewer for the job, the challenges they anticipate, and the potential career opportunities.
With the correct practice and planning, both of these failures can be avoided.
Analyzing where you can fall short and how you can strategize to make a stronger impact is well worth the time.
No hiring manager will tell you, after all, exactly why you didn’t make the cut. If you have been interviewing and not receiving offers, however, it is very possible that one of these errors is to blame.
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