Interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking and tense situations; you always want to make the best impression possible for yourself and hopefully get offered the job.
The 10 points below are what not to do in an interview situation, so if you royally want to mess up your interview, just follow these steps. For everyone else who actually want to get the job please steer clear of doing any of the following:
1. Be late
When going to an interview, a lot of the assessment will be done on things that you don’t see. How you present yourself, such as emails, your CV and your organisation all play a huge part of this. If you can’t organise yourself enough to be on time for an interview (where you want to make the best possible impression) then who is to say that you are ever going to be on time if you actually work at the company?
2. Dress inappropriately
55% of employers say that when they first meet someone for an interview, the way they are dressed and the way they act is the most impacting thing. A very small 7% say that what they actually say is most important.
3. Do not do any research
People say ‘knowledge is power’ for a reason. If you don’t research the company that you’re going for a job at then you’ll look like you don’t have any initiative. Do your research and this will also help you with your confidence and give you something to ‘break the ice’ with if you are struggling for conversation.
4. Use bad language
Cursing is obviously unacceptable in an interview, but also consider the quality of your voice and your grammar. A massive 38% of employers say that this is the most important thing when meeting an interviewee.
5. Insult your previous employer
In an interview it is essential that you remain as professional as possible. Even if you did hate your last boss, it will only look bad on you if you start bad mouthing them.
6. Don’t ask any important questions
Relevant questions about the company such as performance and history will show that you have a genuine interest in the company. It is also a good idea to ask any questions that you might have about the role at the end of the interview.
7. Be arrogant
Arrogant people usually cause issues in companies and being cocky or egotistical will only make you look less appealing. The key to this is to show that you have confidence in yourself but don’t overdo it.
8. Mention the pay at the beginning of the interview
At the beginning of the interview the interviewer/interviewers are making a lot of decisions so it isn’t a good idea for your first question to be ‘how much does this job pay?’ This will give a negative impression to the interviewer and make them think that your only incentive is money. 33% of employers claim that the first 90 seconds of an interview is when they decide whether or not they will hire the candidate.
9. Keep your phone on
This goes without saying but always turn your phone off when going into an interview. You don’t want to have to answer a call from your mum saying ‘how did it go?’ half way through the interview.
10. Look tired, bored and uninterested.
Make sure that you are aware of your body language – keeping eye contact and a positive posture will help with this. Although you might be unaware of how you sit, stand or gesture, the signals that you give out during the interview could significantly help you present yourself in a professional manner. So keep those arms uncrossed!
We hope that you are more enlightened about what to avoid now so good luck on your next interview!