Looking for work? Interviewing for a job? Let’s take a minute out from the trivial, fun and frivolous lists that we usually do here at Lists O Plenty and do a more serious, real world top ten list. anyone who has ever had any coaching or training in job interview techniques has heard about the things to do. But it is even more important to be aware of what NOT to do – interviewers will remember the negative impressions far longer and more vividly than they will recall the positive traits.
Take a look at this list – the top ten things to not do in a job interview, if you actually want the job.
10. Poor attitude.
Many candidates come across as arrogant, mistaking this for portraying a sense of confidence. While employers can afford to be self-centered, candidates cannot.
Many candidates do not consider their appearance as much as they should. First impressions are quickly made in the first three to five minutes.
8. Lack of research.
It’s obvious when candidates haven’t learned about the job, company or industry prior to the interview. Visit the library or use the Internet to research the company, then talk with friends, peers and other professionals about the opportunity before each meeting.
7. Not having questions to ask.
Asking questions shows your interest in the company and the position. Prepare a list of intelligent questions in advance.
6. Not readily knowing the answers to interviewers’ questions.
Anticipate and rehearse answers to tough questions about your background, such as recent termination or an employment gap. Practicing with your spouse or a friend before the interview will help you to frame intelligent responses.
5. Relying too much on resumes.
Employees hire people, not paper. Although a resume can list qualifications and skills, it’s the interview dialogue that will portray you as a committed, responsive team player.
4. Too much humility.
Being conditioned not to brag, candidates are sometimes reluctant to describe their accomplishments. Explaining how you reach difficult or impressive goals helps portray you as a committed, responsive team player.
3. Not relating skills to employers’ needs.
A list of sterling accomplishments means little if you can’t relate them to a company’s requirements. Reiterate your skills and convince the employer that you can “do the same for them”.
2. Handling salary issues ineptly.
Candidates often ask about salary and benefit packages too early. If they believe an employer is interested, they may demand inappropriate amounts and price themselves out of the jobs. Candidates who ask for too little undervalue themselves or appear desperate.
1. Lack of career direction.
Job hunters who aren’t clear about their career goals often can’t spot or commit to appropriate opportunities. Not knowing what you want wastes everybody’s time.
Bonus: Job shopping.
Some applicants, particularly those in certain high-tech, sales and marketing fields, will admit they’re just “shopping” for opportunities and have little intention of changing jobs. This wastes time and leaves a bad impression with employers they may need to contact in the future