Suppose that after applying at various job interviews, a company finally shortlists you for an interview. This means your resume was impressive enough for the HR department to invite you for an interview. Now, it’s all up to you to impress them. Your interview is the make it or break it situation. Don’t think that you might fail to land yourself the position just because somebody else might have a better resume than you. Rather, it could be possible they performed better than you in the interview.
Interview etiquettes are obvious, but we often tend to forget them. You must go over everything before the interview to ensure you’ve done all your research. Sometimes we tend to make the slightest mistakes in our interview that could potentially cost us the job. These mistakes can be so minor, but they make a huge difference when selecting the right candidate.
Here are some common interview mistakes every candidate must avoid during an interview.
The worst thing you could do is showing up to the interview in casual and shabby clothes. It gives a negative impression on the employer as to how unbothered and unorganized you can be. Small things like wearing a tie, buttoning your shirt, ironing your clothes can make a ton of a difference.
Arriving Too Late or Too Early.
Always arrive right on time. Never too late and never too early. We recommend that you walk in 5-8 minutes before the interview time. It’s an ideal time frame to calm yourself down without letting the wait and anxiety get to you. Arriving too late without a solid excuse will make the employer believe that you are irresponsible. In situations with valid excuses, ensure you inform the employer ASAP.
Having Bad Manners
Being impolite or arrogant will not leave a good impression on the employer. They might surprise you with some tough questions, and if you’re unable to answer them, you may make a fool out of yourself. Greet the employer(s) professionally and cheerfully. Make eye contact, pause for a moment before answering a question, and use nice words like ‘please,’ ‘thank you,’ ‘I apologize,’ etc.
Being Impatient and Intolerant
If they call you in for an interview a little later than what you expected, be patient. Do not rush anything or show you are bothered or impatient. Also, be open to criticism, regardless of the situation, remember you’re in a professional setting and must therefore handle everything professionally.
Keep these things in mind for your upcoming interview, and we bet you’ll have a higher chance of securing the job than anyone else. Good luck!