Even the most confident of people can find job interviews stressful, daunting and a little uncomfortable: employers know that, and aren’t going to penalize you for being flustered.
However, there are some easily-avoidable errors that jeopardize your chances of nailing a new job. This include:.
1. Poor preparation
It’s natural to be nervous in a job interview, but don’t let your lack of confidence impact your preparation. Remember if you don’t read about the company and research your role thoroughly, you could magnify your fear of interviewing poorly and lose the opportunity.
It’s tempting to big yourself up on your CV by embellishing your achievements, but as soon as you get caught out (and you will get caught out), your potential employer loses all faith in you. It’s good to be confident and proud of your past accomplishments, but don’t get caught in the moment and exaggerate them to the point of being misleading.
Confidence is key, having a big head is not. Most employers while conducting interviews admit that arrogance or entitlement is a deal-breaker for hiring new employees – so try to be self-assured, but not arrogant.
4. Dressing inappropriately
When asked whether a candidate being dressed inappropriately was enough not to hire someone, a significant number of hiring managers said yes. Although it may be hard to predict the work-wear of the job you’re going for, assume the vibe is smart and presentable, unless you’re sure it’s otherwise.
5. Lack of eye contact
Lack of eye contact would disqualify an otherwise positive candidate from the job interview process. Is’s SO important to strike the balance between appearing confident and sincere with the right amount of eye contact. Do not take it to intimidating levels where you stare intensely at your potential employer until they feel uncomfortable.
6. Being late
This one’s a no brainer really: not only does it demonstrate bad time keeping and organisational skills, but lack of respect and professionalism, too.
Unless you have a legitimate and incredibly good reason, that is – but you should’ve probably tried to call ahead and explain, should this be the case.
This is a tough one for anyone who finds job interviews nerve-wracking, As a recruiter or interviewer, I dislike a candidate fidgeting in his/her seat during the interview. Similarly candidates fiddling with their hair or face is just not good for a positive interview outcome.
8. Bad body language
Bad posture, excessive gesturing and handshakes that are too weak / strong are seen as negative body language, Also crossing your arms over your chest is ,likely to be seen as stand off-ish and negative.
In your next interview opportunity, plan well and be cognizant of this mistakes so as not to ruin your chances.
All the best.