The amount and kind of mistakes I have seen in just the past few years has been crazy. Some of these interview mistakes I have seen are understandable, whereas others really make you sit there and think about what just happened.
Here are 5 interview mistakes you may be guilty of:
1. Your timing.
You never want to show up too early or even just a minute late. You might think “Oh, but isn’t showing up early a GOOD thing?”
NO! If you show up too early, then you may be bothering your interviewer. Showing up 5 to 10 minutes early is usually fine, but any earlier than that and you may be bothering your interviewer. You want to be punctual. If you show up too early, then you should wait in the lobby or in your car.
If you don’t know where the place is where you are interviewing, I always recommend trying to get there before the actual day of your interview and testing out how long it actually takes.
Also, you never want to just not show up to your interview. Surprisingly, I have seen this many times and it just doesn’t make any sense. You won’t get a second chance if you fail to give your interviewer the respect of their time.
Whatever you do, you don’t want to gossip. Don’t talk negatively about anyone. This can include your past job, past coworkers, past boss, etc. You should try to keep everything as professional as you can keep it.
This also applies to even if your interviewer is trying to pry information out of you. Some interviewers do this as a part of their interviewing tactic to test you to see if you will gossip. Always keep this in mind!
3. Knowing nothing about the company you are interviewing at.
Before you head out for your interview, you should do at least a little bit of research on where you are interviewing for a position at. You should know what the company does, how they make money, what you will be doing in your position, and more.
4. You’re not prepared.
This applies to many different areas of your interview such as:
- Your outfit. You should have somewhat of an idea of what you should wear to your interview. Is it trendy? Is it business casual? Or should you be wearing a suit?
- Copies of your resume. You should always bring at least 3 or 4 copies of your resume to your interview. Bring even more than that if you know it’s a big interview (I have a friend who had an 8 person interview).
- Is your cell phone off? Please have your cell phone off. In fact, you should just leave your cell phone in your car to avoid any problems.
5. Only being concerned with salary.
Okay, this question is usually in everyone’s minds when they are in an interview, but you shouldn’t be pestering your interviewer with salary questions, especially in the very first interview.
It shows that you may not even care about the position or the company and that you might not be in it for the long haul.
What interview mistakes have you seen?
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