4 Job Interview Mistakes You Must Avoid
While it’s important to be honest and spontaneous during a job interview, a little bit of prep can take you a long way.
Here are some common interview mistakes that you should avoid to appear more qualified, professional and confident-
1.Don’t talk about how nervous you are
It might seem like a good idea to be upfront about how nervous you’re feeling during the interview. But the recruiters don’t think the same. Telling the interviewers about your anxiety makes it seem like you’re looking for them to be lenient with you. It also shows that you’re not comfortable in stressful situations, which indicates to them that you may not able to handle stress very well on the job. It’s normal to feel a little nervous during a job interview, but don’t let your interviewer know it. Here are some tips that will help you prepare better and feel calmer during the interview.
2. Don’t fail to do your research
Don’t give away signs of your ignorance by asking obvious questions during the interview. Questions like “What does the company do?” and “Who are your clients?” can easily be answered by doing some quick research on the company. Do your homework before you go in for the interview. Be informed about the role that you’re applying for, what the company does, who the employers are, etc.
3. Don’t give short or incomplete answers
When the interviewer asks you a question, try to give a detailed answer. The recruiter is not looking for “yes” and “no” responses. The interview is for the recruiter to get to know you better. Make sure to elaborate on your previous roles, your work experience, skills, achievements and aspirations during the course of the interview.
4. Don’t not ask the interviewer any questions
Yes, you must have questions for the recruiter. Towards the end of most job interviews, you will be asked if you have any questions for the recruiters. Don’t let go of this opportunity. What you ask the interviewer at this point will provide great insight into how keen and informed you already are. Don’t ask questions that have obvious or easy answers. Make sure to ask some useful and insightful questions that will not only help you get to know the role and company better but will also allow the recruiter take you more seriously.
For more such Job Interview Tips, see our Self Improvement section.
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