Job interviews are the best chance to show that you are the right person for the job. However, even if you have all of the ideal experience and talent, if you make a big misstep in the interview, you will be passed over for someone else – even if that someone is slightly less qualified than you are.
Here are the top 4 mistakes to avoid making. Don’t give the wrong impression to your job interview and end up less qualified than you actually are.
Admitting your nerves
By saying that you are so nervous it doesn’t make you human and sincere and while it might be endearing in another social situation is not a very good strategy for interviewing. You are there to show yourself in the most professional, calm-under-presure, capable light. Besides, if you are so nervous at the interview it gives them the chance to imagine you being nervous in the office. Keep calm and fake confidence!!
Make sure you know who is interviewing you, what their role is, what the company does, what you’d be doing- all the basics. Then make sure you have a list of questions ready for when you are asked what questions you might have. Tip: Make sure you are not ask any of your questions that could be answered by a quick Google. Also, avoid say anything that is not related to your job interview!
One word answers
No matter how simple may a question seems, you should be prepared to elaborate. Remember, every questions is a chance for you to smile.
Not asking questions
“Do you have any questions for us?” This is another opportunity for you to go above and beyond or to fall flat! Make sure that you will not ask questions that could have been answered with just a Yes or by googling it! By doing your proper homework, be prepared and comfortable as possible, it will feel more like a conversation. Try to come up with interesting, engaging questions that ideally show off the level of preparation you’ve put into your interview.