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8 COMMON INTERVIEW MISTAKES TO AVOID
1.) DRESS INAPPROPRIATELY – Looking put together signals that you care about the interview and want to put your best foot forward. However, all too often I've had candidates show up to an interview appearing rumpled, wrinkled, stained and wearing clothes that don’t quite fit.
2.) TALKING TO MUCH – This one is huge. Every hiring manager wants to hire someone that is self aware. There is nothing much worse than interviewing someone who goes on and on. We really doesn't need to know your whole life story. Keep your answers succinct, to-the-point and focused and don't ramble—simply answer the question. Don't get sidetracked and start talking about your personal life. Keep your responses to a reasonable length. Don’t ramble forever and don’t tell them everything about you. Sell yourself. And try to do it in less than 2 1/2 minutes.
3.) PAY ATTENTION – Don't ask “can you repeat the question.” It comes across either an inability to listen, retain information, or simply as a stalling tactic. Don't let yourself zone out during an interview. Make sure you are well-rested, alert, and prepared. Getting distracted and missing a question looks bad on your part. If you zone out, we will wonder how you will be able to stay focused during a day on the job, if you can't even focus during one.
4.) LISTEN TO THE QUESTIONS – I often I hear some really interesting responses to my questions and examples of work that a candidate has done. Unfortunately, a lot of those same stories didn’t answer my question. Don’t wait for us to ask the exact, perfect question to set you up for prepared answer, either. Answer our questions, but add in what you know they’re looking for. If we ask you to describe a development area or a weakness, Don’t say things like “I work too hard “or “I’m too much of a perfectionist.” Take advantage of the opportunity and take control of the interview here.
5.) BE PREPARED – The last thing you want is to try to cram the night before an interview. Trust me, it won’t be your best work. It’s super hard to remember all the great things you’ve done, all the great work you’ve accomplished while you’re also stressing over what to wear. As soon as you know you have an interview, start preparing. Don't let yourself be caught off guard. Prepare for your interview by reviewing questions to expect and how to answer them.
6.) DO YOUR HOMEWORK – Don't let your potential employer stump you with the question, "What do you know about this company?" It's one of the easiest questions to ace, if only you do some research before your interview. Background information including company history, locations, divisions and a mission statement are available in an "About Us" section on most company websites. Review it ahead of time, then print it out and read it over just before your interview to refresh your memory. Also check the company's LinkedIn page, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, if they have one.
7.) WASTED OPPORTUNITY – Many time I've heard “No, I don’t think I have any questions” REALLY? Before you even get an interview, you know they’re going to give you time to ask questions. And you get to control that time since you are the one asking the questions. One final note here: please avoid asking a lay-up question like “What is the job like?” or “What are you looking for in a candidate for this role?” These questions tell me you were not prepared for this interview.
8.) DO OVER – Some job opportunities can't be saved, but depending on the circumstances, you may be able to convince the employer to reconsider you. Not all employers have the time or resources for a "do-over," but you might be lucky and find one who does understand that stuff happens and everyone can have a bad day. If you think you flunked an interview, take the time to shoot us an email explaining your circumstances and thanking them for the opportunity to interview.
Hope this was Helpful George.
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