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Avoid These 10 Job Interview Mistakes


Having read one or more of the numerous articles about job interviews and how to succeed in them, you may possess some useful advice and strategies. Although most of that information may be acceptable, here are 10 common mistakes that are often made in one way or another. Think of these as the "cliff notes" version.

If you arrive late for your job interview. At all costs, you should avoid being late for your interview. Your punctuality for the interview is often an indication of whether you would be late if you are hired; if you are chosen, then you must be punctual. To avoid tardiness, some suggestions include obtaining detailed directions to the interview location from the recruiter, hiring manager, or HR representative. If possible, ask how much time you should allow for either driving or taking public transportation to your job interview location from your starting point. To determine the building in which your interview will take place, find out if it is a large organization or plant. Be sure to inquire as to whether the parking is free or paid when you ask about parking your car. Be sure to obtain the phone numbers of the interviewer in advance of your trip to the interview, in case you need to reschedule due to illness, a family emergency, or a conflicting work commitment. If possible, take a test drive to the interview location. Your job interview is planned for a particular time of day; driving to that location at that time is included. How much time to allow to get to the interview is best indicated by this. It would be beneficial to take this opportunity to investigate the parking situation as well. Allow yourself a safety net of at least 10 to 15 minutes. It is preferable to be early rather than late. Despite all your planning and best efforts, if you find yourself running late due to factors such as traffic jams, flat tires, or inclement weather, etc., Call the interviewer to let them know you will be running late and explain the reasons for the delay. Do you need to reschedule your interview or is it still possible to be interviewed?

Before leaving, do a last minute personal grooming check. Ask for the nearest restroom upon arriving early, and check your grooming in the mirror to make sure it is still appropriate. Ensure that your clothes are neat and pressed, and if necessary, comb your hair. Additionally, if you have recently eaten, make sure to check your teeth for any lodged food. It is advisable to take a "pit stop" now, so as to not have to request for restroom use during interviews.

Wearing clothes that are not suitable for the occasion. No matter what level of job you’re interviewing for, your clothes must be clean and neat. When it comes to professional positions, it is important for both men and women to dress professionally, although the interpretation of ‘professional’ may vary from company to company. Many jobs will require you to dress in business-casual attire. Flamboyant jewelry or clothing is not appropriate for this time or place. You wouldn't want anything to distract attention from your qualifications for the job. When setting up the interview appointment, it is advisable to ask about the correct dress code. It is always best to err on the side of being a little over dressed, rather than under dressed, just in case.

Feeling trapped to engage in small talk. A casual conversation is often used to start numerous interviews, in order to put both people at ease. Under no circumstances should you discuss politics or religion. Acceptable subjects for casual discussion include sport, the weather, and if you need any assistance locating the company facility for the job interview. Commenting on photos or other items at the workplace is typically successful. Before you discuss workplace items, be sure that you are in the actual interviewer's office and not in a office that is only being used for the job interview.

Inability to articulate one's current and prior work experience effectively. During job interviews, many interviewers, who may not be particularly experienced, will use your resume as a guideline, with the more knowledgeable ones doing so as well. Be prepared to go into great detail about all of the items listed on your resume. If possible, practice having a mock interview with a colleague or friend. Although your practice may not be perfect, it will certainly help you to become a better interviewer and will give you an edge over many of your rivals.

Not knowing the job you are interviewing for. The more knowledge you gain about the job and the organization, the more likely it is that you can present yourself as the solution to meet the employer's needs. Prior to getting the interview, it is advisable to have conducted substantial research into the company when you are in the midst of a major job hunt. Possible information sources could include: The Internet. The company's website, as well as websites focusing on the profession or industry, can be consulted. I am at the library. Publications such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which are typically from industry magazines, can be quite useful. Making connections through networking. Speak with people who are familiar with the position or industry. This is a great resource for Linkedin. If you are unaware of anyone who has the knowledge you need, you may know someone who knows someone else who has the information. You shouldn't be reluctant to ask others for information and facts, as networking begins with asking them questions.

Not paying attention to hints regarding the company's requirements. The job interview often starts with the interviewer giving you an overview of the company and its requirements. View these details as a treasure. Once you have obtained this information, you will be able to tailor your responses to demonstrate how you can help them achieve their goals. If you are able to persuade the company that you are capable of solving their challenges, you will be significantly ahead of your competition.

Not knowing when to stop talking. After practicing your interviewing skills, you will be able to clearly and concisely answer questions and articulate your accomplishments. Reply to job interview questions concisely and stay focused on the subject. After practicing your interviewing skills, you will be able to clearly and concisely answer questions and articulate your accomplishments. In most cases, this should be responded to within one to three minutes. During the interview, don't feel pressured to fill in any pauses or silences; instead, focus on setting SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable, Action oriented, Results oriented, and Time specific. did they receive the information they were looking for
If you are uncertain if the interviewer has obtained enough information from your answer, inquire if your answer was satisfactory, that is, did they get the data they needed. Would you like more detail, or have I given you enough information?

Not asking insightful questions. At the end of the job interview, it is customary to ask if you have any questions. It is not advisable to ask about benefits or when you can take your first holiday during these times. Your questions should demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job. What are the most important long-term plans for your company? What are the most important plans for the position you are interviewing for? In your opinion, which skills are most essential for this job? By what criteria will you measure my progress and achievements in this job? Is there anything I can answer for you before I go?

Forgetting to always use a thank-you / follow-up response. In order to make the most of every interview you have, be sure to obtain business cards from each person you speak with and make a mental note of a key point that was discussed during the meeting. After the interview, take a few moments to include a comment about that point in your thank you letter. It is acceptable to use emails. The email of the interviewer should be found on the business card. There are a number of excellent points in a thank you correspondence. It will serve as a reminder to the interviewer of you and your qualifications. Submitting this sort of correspondence should differentiate you, as very few people actually do it. You can use it to supplement the responses you presented during your interview. If you felt that you did not explain something well enough during your interview, you could take steps to strengthen those areas. You can add more detail to the points you "wish you'd have stated" during the job interview. A document, white paper, or web link pointing to your work could be included in this.

Throughout the job interview process, bear in mind that it is essentially a competition. It is not necessary to be perfect; it is only necessary to be better than the competition. Eliminating these ten ways to mess up a job interview will give you an edge over your competitors.


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