10 Things To Avoid At A Job Interview
A Job interview must rank as one of the most potentially stressful exeriences in our life .On the scale of tension and nerves can rank along with other confidence challenging days such as our first day at school,wedding day or even a first date.But a job interview is very different and is a real selling opportunity for you, which can affect your short and long term future.
So congratulations, you’ve landed yourself a job interview. That’s no easy feat nowadays considering the fierce competition job seekers face.Your CV has undoubtedly impressed .In 2008 an average of 35 applications were recieved for every job advertised up to around 50 applicants in 2012.So keep that fact in mind and dont blow the opportunity.So to make sure you’ve got the best chance at letting your employer see what a fantastic addition you’ll make to their company these are 10 things will avoid doing at the interview.
1 - Arrive late
It sounds obvious, but the ridiculous number of candidates that shoot themselves in the foot by missing the start of their interview suggests that it isn’t obvious enough. Turn up late and you’ll have an uphill struggle trying to convince a potential employer that you can organise yourself effectively and get things done on time.
2 - Have clammy hands
As it’s customary to shake hands at the beginning of a job interview (remember: not too tight, but not too loose) the last thing you’ll want is sweaty palms. Just before your interview wash them under cold water and dry them thoroughly so you can offer your hand with confidence.
3 - Sport underarm sweat patches
If you’re serious about getting the job you’ll need to project a positive image of yourself, and wet patches under your arms definitely don’t suggest you’re cool and confident. If deodorant alone isn’t enough to stop sweat patches appearing on your shirt consider wearing a light white undershirt to soak up the excess moisture.
4 - Answer your phone
In fact, you shouldn’t have your phone on at all, not even on vibrate mode, as you need to show the interviewer that they’ll be hiring someone who can give their company 100%. Turn your phone off completely and you’ll free yourself of any distractions, allowing you to focus completely on giving the best account of yourself and proving why you’re right for the job.
5 - Ask to use the toilet
If you can’t manage your bladder how on earth is your potential employer supposed to expect you to manage any of your work responsibilities?
6 - Badmouth former employers
Regardless of the fact that it’s a small world and you don’t know if the new employer will take offence at your badmouthing, it demonstrates a very negative attitude. Feel free to highlight differences you may have had with past employers, but phrase them so that they highlight how your personality and ethos makes a great fit for the new company you’re so keen to work for.
7 - Talk too much
Or too little for that matter. If you find that the interviewer is constantly asking you to expand on answers to their questions pre-empt them by giving extra details. Meanwhile if they are struggling to get a word in think about talking at a more conversational pace that allows them to interject freely.
8 - Forget things in your CV
Your CV is what helped you get an interview; it details those aspects of your life that make you qualified for the position. If you can’t remember what’s included in your CV your interviewer might have a nagging suspicion that you’ve not been entirely honest. Make sure you know the contents of your CV back to front and you won’t get flustered when they begin to examine the details.
9 - Ask stupid questions
Whoever said there’s no such thing as a stupid question was wrong. Asking things like ‘am I expected to do much work’ is a stupid question. Asking whether learning grants are available to help you develop is not a stupid question. Preparing some thoughtful questions you can ask your interviewer will demonstrate a keen interest in the company, and is a way to show your passion for the position, rather than just say you have it.
10 - Set your sights on the interviewer’s job
When hiring an employee, employers are looking to make an investment. They want to see if you will provide them with extra value in the coming years and will therefore want to know what your ambitions are. They may ask where you see yourself in five years from now - it’s generally accepted that you shouldn’t use this opportunity to stake a claim on the interviewer’s very own job.
That might sound like a lot of don’ts, but really you’re just following a couple of dos - do treat the interview and the interviewer with respect and do give yourself the best possible chance of getting hired. Remember that if you can simply demonstrate that you’ve got the skills and work ethic required for the job you could be soon looking back on your interview with fond memories.