Interview Mistakes – Don’t Make Them!
February 3, 2015
Today’s job market is a competitive world and believe it or not, those with some years on the clock are more likely to be hired than those of the younger generation.
Today’s hiring managers, according to that survey in late 2014, see long-term commitment to a job, professionalism and reliability as their main concerns, followed closely by interview skills! You might be perfect for the job but if you make fundamental errors in your interview, you’ll be out of the running.
So, what are those interview mistakes that younger job-seekers might make?
Being Inappropriately Dressed
How you dress in for an interview says a lot about your personality. You may, of course, not dress that smartly all the time, but it shows you care about the impression that you are making to the recruiter(s). It’s better to be over dressed than underdressed.
If you’re going for an interview with a company, it is expected that, with the proliferation of information available on the internet, that you would do some research into the company. Read their public website, find articles or news items on their achievements – be prepared!
Inappropriate Social Media Posts
Almost everyone uses social media, these days, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any one of the other proliferation of social platforms. People often forget that, despite privacy settings, a considerable amount of the content they post or share is visible publicly. A few keystrokes and a Google search can be enough to throw up posts or images that perhaps you might prefer would remain private. When you post on social media, think twice. Ask yourself, would I mind if my boss could see it? If the answer is ‘no’, don’t post it!
No Prepared Questions
Any interviewer worth their salt will always give the interviewee an opportunity to ask questions. Have some prepared before hand but, also, listen carefully in the interview when the interviewer is talking and ask questions related to what you’ve heard. It shows a genuine interest in the company and the role.
Being Too Confident
Confidence is a good thing, but don’t go overboard as it can be interpreted as arrogance. Use your confidence to put across achievements that relate to the role you’re applying for.
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