The interview is the most crucial step in the process of landing your dream job. The first impression your potential employer forms of you can make or break your chances of getting additional interviews or an offer. For that reason, it is vital that you avoid certain very common job interview mistakes that can seriously harm your chances of getting the job.
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Don’t be Late
Perhaps the most obvious job interview mistake you can make is simply arriving late to your interview. After all, if your potential employer cannot even depend on you to be where you say you will be, when you say you will be there, while you are still trying to earn the job, why would he expect to be able to depend on you after you have been given it? To prevent this from happening to you, make sure ahead of time that you know exactly where the interview is and how to get there. If necessary, make a trial run to the interview location to prevent any confusion.
Don’t Dress Inappropriately
Dressing inappropriately is another common and easily prevented job interview mistake. Your hiring manager will want to see that you can handle the responsibility of carrying yourself as a professional, and that extends to your wardrobe. The manner in which you dress can say a great deal about who you are as a person; dressing like a slob, for example, can give the impression that you are a slob. If you are unsure about the appropriate dress code for your interview, contact the office ahead of time to ask; they will likely be impressed by your conscientiousness and your attention to detail.
Don’t Arrive Unprepared
Do your homework on the company and (if possible) the hiring manager(s). Blanking out or freezing up during the 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions period can also significantly hurt your chances of being offered the job. While you should not stress about every possible question you might be asked, you should also be prepared with what you want to say. Many different questions allow you to direct the conversation to areas in which you feel confident and well-prepared. Be prepared to answer questions with well-thought-out responses. You should avoid giving abrupt, one- or two-word answers in most cases; your interviewer will want to learn more about you than that. Be prepared to explain honestly why you feel you should be chosen for the job and what makes you unique. Do not be cocky, but do relax and be confident.
Don’t be Unprofessional
A related mistake can be using inappropriate or overly casual language during the interview. Although you may talk like this when spending time with your friends, it could be considered unprofessional in a job setting. Additionally, although you want to give the hiring manager a chance to get to know you, you should not get excessively personal. Issues relating to your personal life that have no bearing on your job need not be discussed.
Don’t Forget to ask the Right Questions
Take the time to ask any relevant questions about the job and your next step in the consideration process. Prepare a list of questions you will want to ask. This can help prevent any confusion on your end, while also making your professionalism and thoroughness clear.
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