Anyone who has ever looked for a job knows that calling for a job interview is not easy.
The difference between a candidate and a job seeker is a big one, and if you manage to get an interview, you are already halfway there.
Candidates must keep in mind that any mistake can lead to the loss of the chance to be hired. Unfortunately, too many candidates miss the opportunity to hold an interview, wasting all this time and effort. Don’t be one of those candidates! Never assume that the offer is already yours, just because you were invited to the interview!
Mistake 1: Looking disinterested
This bothers an employer a lot. Usually, most employers have more applicants than they need or want, so if you’re not demonstrably interested in that job, they certainly won’t be interested in hiring you.
What to do instead? Demonstrates interest in the company and the job. Make sure you arrive on time, dressed appropriately and have your phone switched off.
Ask smart questions that indicate that you have done research and that you know at least basic employer information, but do not ask questions that can be answered on google or on the home page of the employer’s company website. These mistakes show superficiality and are not at all to the liking of employers.
Mistake 2: Being upset / nervous
Nervous people are not the kind of people employers want to hire. It is difficult to work with such people. They can create tensions between colleagues and / or clients, they are not good contributors to a happy job or a successful business. Stop, before entering the employer’s office, take a deep breath, put a smile on your face and do your best to change your mental speed so that your mind is in a quiet place.
Mistake 3: Giving too much information
Sometimes people have the mentality of “telling the truth and only the truth”, so they show courage by answering every question with too detailed or personal information. It is neither smart nor helpful to do this.
It is not recommended to tell lies either, but avoid boring the interviewer and canceling the employment opportunity by exchanging too much irrelevant information. If the employer wants more details, they will ask you.
Mistake 4: Negative body language
If you do not smile, do not shake hands and have no eye contact with people you meet at the employer’s premises, and especially with the interviewer, you will convey shyness and lack of common sense or you will simply seem uninterested. Show interest and enthusiasm.
Mistake 5: Not having good questions to ask or asking the wrong questions at the wrong time
Zero questions = zero interest.
If you do not ask questions, you will ruin the opportunity to be hired. But it’s just as bad if you ask the wrong questions. During the first interview, questions only about salary, vacation, and benefits are not well received. These questions seem to indicate that you are only interested in specific personal benefits, rather than the job, and the actual contribution you can make to the employer. Instead, you can ask questions about the job description, the team, the organizational culture of the company.