25 August, 2017
5 things you should never do at an interview if you want to get the job.
Nobody likes awkward moments, especially not in an interview…
The problem is when you worry too much about making sure every little thing goes right, makes it easy to forget about the things that could go wrong. So how can you ensure that you have an embarrassment free interview experience?
Here are 5 things all interviewees hope they don’t do on the big day.
Turning up late to an interview is a no no. It will make you look unprofessional and unorganised.
Always plan your route in advance, and always add an extra half an hour onto your expected journey time, just to be on a safe side.
2. Dress inappropriately.
it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Try your outfit on beforehand, make sure everything fits, sort out any accessories. After all, the last thing you want to do is spend hours before an interview trying to find your other black sock or a pair of tights without a rip in them.
Interview outfit tip: trackie bottoms are never acceptable.
3. Moan about your current employer
Avoid the temptation to express how much you dislike your current boss, or complain about your colleagues, and be as positive as possible. Sound like a team player, not someone who holds a grudge. Be Happy.
4. Slouch/yawn/fall asleep
Or anything else that implies boredom. You won’t be taken seriously if you’re constantly yawning, sitting so low in your chair that you’re practically on the floor, or generally looking like you’d rather be in bed.
Be aware of your body language and stay focussed throughout, listening politely to what the interviewer has to say and remaining positive and enthusiastic. Oh, and conscious. That too.
5. Have your phone on loud
You know how embarrassing it is when your phone goes off in the cinema? Yeah, this is worse.
For your own interview safety, always remember to turn everything off before you go in. At the very least, leave it on silent. Especially if you have a questionable ringtone that could potentially cause offence or embarrassment – we’re looking at you, Vanilla Ice.
Oh, and don’t attempt to check your messages or missed calls on-the-fly either. Recruiters are understanding, but they’re not idiots.
Treat your interviews like an exam!