You finally made it. After weeks or months of looking and applying, someone finally wants to talk to you about maybe, possibly giving you a job. You put on your best (or at least cleanest) dress clothes and head down to an unfamiliar part of town.
Afterward, you feel pretty good about your odds. But the weeks pass and your phone doesn’t ring again, leaving you wondering which of the thousand variables in a given conversation you could have plugged in wrong.
Of course, you aren’t going to hear any feedback from the people who made the decision not to hire you. But we can probably guess. After all, we’re pretty well-versed in this sort of thing and we actually care whether or not you land your next gig so of course we’re willing to spill.
The truth is that most people are making the same kind of mistakes while they’re sitting on the wrong side of the desk and trying not to sweat too noticeably. Here’s a few easy mistakes to train your way out of next time you find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile sitting in an unfamiliar office.
This one may seem obvious. In truth, that’s why we put it first. But you would be surprised at the number of people who can’t seem to show up on time for a job interview. If you’re driving to an interview, make sure you get there with time to spare. If you’re taking transit, know your route and consider leaving some extra wiggle room for unforeseen happenings.
And if you show up super early, 30 minutes or more before the interview, use the opportunity to take a walk. Being too early can also hurt your chances, but familiarizing yourself with the area might give you something to connect with the recruiter on.
Job Search Tip: Do a dry run of the route you plan to take around the same time as your interview to ensure that you know how the trip will go.
Do Enough Research
You should know quite a bit about the company you plan to work for so that you aren’t wasting the recruiter’s time getting you up to speed. They want to talk about how you will fit in with their company today and they can’t do that if you’re asking obvious questions about things you could easily learn on your own.
Of course, failing to ask questions entirely is also not a good look. It can either read as you not knowing enough to ask or thinking you know too much. Just about every interview is going to end with a request to ask questions. Have a few prepared and make sure they aren’t the most obvious.
Interview Tip: See if the company has been in the news any and ask about that. Of course, this only goes for positive stories. Don’t ask them about their latest scandal if you aren’t applying to be Olivia Pope.
Wrap It Up
Talking about yourself can be difficult or it could be your favorite thing. Either way, you need to keep it quick. The interviewer only has a short period of time to talk to you and if you ramble, then they might not be able to get to everything they need to learn to make a decision.
Not to mention, rambling directly contradicts all that stuff you put in your application about being a good communicator. You don’t want to be a blabbermouth and a liar, do you?
Don’t Whiff On Lobs
There are certain questions that interviewers are almost always going to ask. They’re allowed to be lazy where you aren’t. So have solid answers worked out to the Greatest Hits of recruiters.
Know where you see yourself in five years, have an answer for why you applied that doesn’t involve money and prepare an honest answer about your biggest weakness that won’t completely disqualify you from the gig. These questions are coming and you should be ready for them.
Job Search Tip: Be ready to talk about salary expectations in an interview. We know it’s difficult, but it’s necessary to get the job you want at the pay grade you deserve.
Posi Vibes Only
Not to get all schoolmarm on you but sit up straight, be nice and don’t talk down on people who aren’t there to defend themselves.
Bad-mouthing former employers is almost never going to come across in a way that reflects well on you. And you definitely shouldn’t do anything that might make the receptionist or the people who already work in the building think of you as curt or rude. You need to be on and pleasant from the second you walk in. Save the slouching for the car ride home.
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