The reminiscence of the first interview from the past,still makes us nervous and goosebumps starts to show up all over our body. We sit there nervously in front of our interviewer sweating and shivering like hell screwing it all in every possible manner. The basic thing is interviews can go really wrong really fast!
Sometimes, you can knock yourself out of contention for the job before you even get a chance to introduce yourself. It could be wearing the wrong interview clothes or talking on the phone or chewing gum or even having beer cans fall out of your backpack at the worst possible time.
Here are top 10 uncanny interview blunders that you should avoid in the future:
1. Not carrying a copy of your CV
Expecting the employer to have a copy of your CV is probably the worst excuse a fresh graduate can give at a job interview. Bring any documents that an employer may want to see. A small leather folder adds a professional look and should contain extra copies of your resume, a current list of references, portfolio samples Ė if necessary and identification documents.
2. Showing up lateArriving late to the interview is one of most common blunders. Although some employers will still follow through with the courtesy of conducting the interview, their minds are already made up about not hiring a tardy employee.
3. Dressing inappropriatelyThe faded jeans or sequined dress may have won you a beauty pageant on campus, but when you enter the professional world, you have to pay special attention to your attire.
Dressing up inappropriately includes avoiding casual attire, making bold or trendy fashion statements and appearing unkempt. Some of the most common blunders are wearing short pants, sandals, T-shirts, too much jewellery, wrinkled clothing, unpolished shoes and poorly groomed hair and fingernails.
4. No Homework done
Most job-seeking freshers do not have the slightest clue about the organisation they have applied to or their role with the prospective employer. Before sitting infront of an interviewer, candidate must be aware of the whereabouts of that particular organization.
5. Donít lie
Lying about your credentials, experience, education or skills should be avoided at any cost. It's very easy to verify information and conduct a reference check. Think of the consequences when the deception is discovered. It usually ends in dismissal or a reprimand at the least. Not only is that, but the damage to your reputation with that employer probably not reversible.
6. Dull Body Language
Wrong body language can blow your interview. Poor eye contact, sitting with your arms folded across your chest, fidgeting, foot tapping, staring out the window or constantly checking your watch can send the wrong signals to an interviewer. It's normal to be nervous but try not to let it show. Instead, try to relax, breathe deeply and be your best self. Don't let your confidence fall down to a level from where you feel choked up.
7. No cellphones allowed
Employers don't look favourably on candidates with more important business to conduct than the interview taking place.. Donít leave your cellphone on during an interview. Calling, texting etc is strictly prohibited while being interviewed. If you must be available for emergencies, set the cellphone to a silent mode and ignore it until the interview is over.
Try not to disparage or make negative remarks about a current or former employer. They make have treated you badly, you may not have parted on good terms or they could be the worst company to work for in the world. No matter what the truth is, avoid the temptation to commiserate. A new employer is a.) not interested and b.) may think you will do the same thing if they hire you and you leave their company.
9. Donít be perky
Any kind of discussions on salary, benefits, vacations and sick leave must not be brought up unless the interviewer initiates it. The interview is all about you, the company, your skills and what you bring to the table. Even if the interviewer broaches the subject, try to answer briefly and redirect the conversation to your qualifications. The only goal of the interview process is to secure a job offer. Once an offer is made, there will be ample time to negotiate the details before you accept the position.
10. Being Rude
Apparently, the first impression of a candidate is registered when s/he approaches the reception.While some of us may dismiss the front desk staff or the doorman as the least influential in the selection process, there are times when your behaviour towards the office personnel can be held against you.
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