There’s a lot of information on the Internet telling job seekers what to do to ensure a successful interview. You may know exactly what to do during a job interview, but do you know what not to do? Understanding what behaviors to avoid during an interview is just as important (if not more) as being aware of what questions to ask and how to dress.
6 Things NOT to Do During a Job Interview
There are dozens of behaviors that should be avoided during a job interview. For example…
1) Don’t say “like”
Are you part of the majority of English-speakers who says “like” way too often? “Like” is not a word you want to use superfluously during a job interview. It will make you sound less intelligent than you are and may even be a pet peeve of the person interviewing you.
2) Don’t forget to tell your interviewer why you want the job
Why specifically do you want the job you are interviewing for? If you’re not sure, find out before the interview. “If you don’t come in well prepared and don’t have a good reason for wanting to work here … [it’s] just lazy,” said Brigette McInnis-Day, Enterprise Software Provider SAP.
3) Don’t ask questions at the expense of establishing rapport
Hiring managers like it when job candidates ask questions during an interview. However, most probably don’t like it when it seems as though a candidate is nervously checking off a mental list of questions. The way to avoid this is to prioritize developing rapport with your interviewer over asking him or her questions. You should certainly ask questions, but not at the expense of being personable.
4) Don’t brag
In an attempt to mask insecurities, some candidates brag during job interviews. This is not good. The article 5 Things That Make Job Candidates Look Unprofessional at a Job Interview states, “There’s a fine line between stating achievements and boasting, so candidates should know when to focus on their highlights and when to just keep quiet.”
5) Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not
It’s not uncommon for job candidates to attempt to mask their true personalities during interviews. While you should present your best self in an interview, you should also be who you are. For example, if you are a quiet person, don’t force yourself to be overly bubbly. Or, if you are a naturally humorous individual, don’t try to appear stoic. In short, don’t edit your personality too harshly.
6) Don’t be late
This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t be late to an interview! Plan to arrive half an hour early so you can look over your notes and do some deep breathing.
How you handle a job interview will determine whether or not your employment status changes for the better. Give yourself a fighting chance to secure the job you want by understanding what you should and should not do during an interview.
Best of luck in your endeavors!
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