- 1. Do Your Research:
- 2. Turn OFF Your Cellphone:
- 3. Leave the Gum at Home:
- 4. Get Some Sleep:
- 5. Dress the Part:
- 6. Know Your Background Information:
- 7. Know Your Resume:
- 8. Communication is a Two-Way Street:
- 9. Don't Badmouth Your Current Company:
- 10. Tell Me About Yourself:
- 11. Tell the Truth:
- 12. Be Prepared to Ask Questions:
- 13. Don't Be Late:
- 14. Don't Talk Benefits:
- 15. Don't Forget to Follow-up:
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Even if everything goes as planned, interviews can be very stressful. The last thing you want is for some blunder to occur that could have been easily avoided.
Following is a list of potential mistakes. Can you see yourself starring in one of these epic disasters? Relax. Running through the handful of worst-case scenarios outlined here can help ease pre-interview time approaches, it can be easy to forget about it.
1. Do Your Research:
You should have ample time to review the company (and the interviewer via LinkedIn) prior to your interviewer. Avoid calling the interviewer by the wrong name or having incomplete or wrong information about the company. Take a look at How To Be Impressive Before, During and After Your Interview.
2. Turn OFF Your Cellphone:
Not a good thing if your cellphone goes off in the middle of an
3. Leave the Gum at Home:
Chewing gum during a job
4. Get Some Sleep:
Just as bad is acting bored or being tired during an
5. Dress the Part:
One of the most frequently stated pieces of advice to job seekers is to dress appropriately and yet hiring managers still see mini-skirts, tee-shirts, and nose rings. Regardless of the job, dressing professionally shows you are treating the
6. Know Your Background Information:
There have been many times when a job seeker was caught unprepared with a long application to fill out at the
7. Know Your Resume:
You would be surprised how many people are not familiar with the details of their own resumes. Make sure you know your own resume inside and out. It’s incredibly embarrassing to be asked specifics about a project you boasted about on the resume and respond with a blank look. Even if someone helped you write the resume, you definitely should be the expert.
8. Communication is a Two-Way Street:
While the hiring manager will ask the questions, they expect a dialogue with the candidate. Concentrate on truly communicating with the interviewer. It starts off with a handshake and friendly greeting. There have been cases of the interviewee barely saying a word and other cases of the interviewee dominating the conversation. Slow down, relax and be yourself.
9. Don’t Badmouth Your Current Company:
You know the old saying – “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Even if you had a horrible time with your current or previous employers, don’t badmouth them to the interviewer. You’ll just leave the impression of being disgruntled and unprofessional.
10. Tell Me About Yourself:
This is a common question, but imagine being asked and you have no idea what to say? This question many people nervous and some people have rattled on about their family, their dog, or personal issues. The question is meant for your professional life, not personal. Plan ahead and have a great story to tell.
11. Tell the Truth:
Honesty is mandatory. Not being truthful about your experience or education will come back to haunt you. Why would you say you graduated from a college that you did not attend or claim to have the experience you do not have? The hiring manager is definitely going to figure out you were lying real fast.
12. Be Prepared to Ask Questions:
One of the absolute best ways of going into an
13. Don’t Be Late:
The worst thing you can do is to be late for your
14. Don’t Talk Benefits:
You will, at some point, need to talk about benefits, compensation, and vacation days but these topics should be saved for the final round (or when you get the job offer). Even if you are asked about your acceptable salary, keep it low-key (see How to Answer the Most Terrifying Job Interview Questions).
15. Don’t Forget to Follow-up:
Send a thank you letter (take a look at Have you sent your Thank You letter?)that shows your continued interest in the position and highlights the positives from the
Despite all the preparation in the world, you could still fall flat on your face. You’re only human, after all. It’s not something to beat yourself up over, provided you don’t make the same mistakes over and over. Everyone has a bad day, a bit of bad luck, or unforeseen circumstances that can throw just about anyone off. Don’t dwell on mistakes. Use them as learning experiences that will help you do better next time.