Congratulations! You got the interview. Now the real fun and pressure begins! Try not to mess things up!
Our experts at Career Marshal have jotted down some of the most common interview mistakes that can cost you the job.
- Not Doing your Research
The most common complaint that recruiters make is that candidates don’t do their research about the job they are interviewing for and the company. Why is this? Recruiters want to hire enthusiastic people who have initiative, and the best way to demonstrate this during an interview is to come well-versed about the company and the role being offered.
- Being late
To put it in simple terms, don’t be late to an interview. Ever.
It is most definitely not the best way to make a first impression. To a recruiter it shows that you have lack of respect for his time. Moreover it also shows lack of organisation and preparation skills. We recommend getting in touch with the hiring manager if at all you get late for some reason. It will save your interview and looks professional.
- Not making enough eye contact
If you don’t make eye contact with the recruiter, it seems like you are lacking confidence or maybe even hiding something. This might be a little challenging for someone who is shy or an introvert. But our experts feel that is important to make that connection.
- Talking in clichés
Sometimes both the recruiter and the candidate can talk in clichés, such as “Tell me about yourself”, “what is your biggest weakness?”, or “I am a perfectionist”, “I’m a team-player”. But this doesn’t mean you have to answer with something obvious and very played out. Try to make this opportunity to differentiate yourself, say something they might not have heard from any other candidate. This way they are more likely to remember you.
- Talking bad about your previous employer
Don’t say anything negative about your previous employers or former managers. This makes you look childish and petty. If you quit a job because of an issue you had with the employer, you can say so, but try to be professional and diplomatic about the same. Our experts recommend framing your answer in a way to relate it to your career and goals.
- Playing with your phone
Put away your phone during an interview! It is highly disrespectful to be checking or texting from your phone and says a lot about your abilities at work. For a recruiter it shows that you cannot concentrate enough at the tasks at hand and you are very easily distracted.
- Lying about something
According to a recent study more than 58% of recruiters can spot resume lies, while 30% people actually have admitted to lying in their resumes or during an interview. It’s not at all worth it if you get caught, don’t do it. Many employers do go in for background checks and if you get caught not only will you not get the job but you will burn a bridge for your future as well.
There you have it, interview mistakes that may cost you the job. Good luck from all of us at Career Marshal!