7 Common Job Interview Mistakes
Do you continuously miss out on job offers, but can’t figure out why? If you got the interview but didn’t get the job, it is likely that you made a mistake sometime during the interview process. Below are 7 common job interview mistakes many people make without even realizing it. Continue reading to ensure that your next interview is a success, and that you get the job.
1. You weren’t prepared Were you caught off guard when the interviewer asked, “Tell me what you know about our company?” If you don’t know anything about the company, it gives the impression that you don’t care about getting the job. Those who are able to state facts and statistics about the company show that a job with the company is important to them.
2. You depended too much on your resume Referring to your resume too often during an interview is a big mistake. The interviewer has already read your resume and is looking for more information and detail. Keeping in mind that the interviewer probably has a copy of your resume in front of them, focus on your achievements and how they relate to the position you are applying for, instead.
3. You lacked professionalism Interviewers want to know they are dealing with a professional. To convey professionalism, be respectful and listen when the interviewer talks. Also, wait to ask questions until it is appropriate, and remain silent when the interviewer is talking to avoid interrupting him or her.
4. You didn’t show enthusiasm for the job The interviewer should get the impression that you really want to work for the company. One way to show interest is to ask questions about the position and show enthusiasm for the job and the company.
5. You brought up negative experiences at your last job Never dwell on negative past work experiences during a job interview. Do your best to stay positive about your past jobs. If there was a negative experience at your previous job and the interviewer asks a question about it, answer it and move on.
6. You didn’t know your own skills It’s important to be able to describe your most useful skills, such as being organized and possessing problem-solving ability, as well as other skills that are important – regardless of the position. Transferable skills are very important in today’s job market.
7. You didn’t ask for the job Asking for the job sounds obvious, but some candidates don’t make a point of being direct about their interest. Sometime during the interview, say something like, “I really like this company, and I want to work there if you are willing to offer me the position.” If you don’t ask for the job or show direct interest, you probably won’t get it.
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