Most common mistakes during a job interview
tress, anxiety and nervousness: these are the feelings commonly associated with job interviews. Yes, you really want that job. But what you need is to remain calm and go well prepared.
We bring you the most common mistakes you must steer clear of during a job interview.
Arm it with a positive attitude, and you are on the right track!
It is tempting to lie to leave a good impression on the interviewer. But, sadly, it doesn't work. By all means, gloss over the unflattering parts. After all, you need to look good in front of your prospective employer. However, refrain from outright fibbing.
Bitching about previous employers
You may be fed up with your current job and would give anything to leave because they've treated you badly. But a job interview is NOT the time to seek revenge. Remember, the interviewer is scrutinising everything that you say or do. They may try to put you at ease and get you to open up, but any negative or casual remark about your previous employer will leave a wrong impression on your prospective one. The interviewer will not sympathise.
Being too pally
As a thumb rule, always avoid cracking jokes about sensitive topics and or being too pally with the interviewer: polite and friendly is enough. If you feel you came across as rude, then apologise calmly and move on with the interview. At all times, stay professional.
Being too nervous or over- confident
Hiring decisions are often made within the first few minutes of the interview, based on the first impression. Therefore, if you appear too nervous, the interviewer will think you're not confident enough to do the job. However, appearing too confident will make them think you won't fit into the team. If interview nerves are an issue for you, it's worth getting help from a professional coach.
Not being thorough with your CV
Carry the relevant version of your CV, and remember what you have mentioned there. Job seekers often can't remember what they wrote in their CV. Also, do your homework about the company, job description and interviewer.
Cribbing and complaining
The journey to the interview location may have been a nightmare: the traffic on the road was endless, the metro/subway was late, or whatever. Remember, the interviewer does not want to hear that! Complaining, even in jest, is not a recommended icebreaker. Even if harmless, it might turn off the interviewer. Don't let complaining and cribbing set the tone for the interview! Companies realise the importance of interpersonal relationships in the work environment. So if they ask you about difficult people or situations, make sure you hold back from character assassination and blaming others for problems. It will not reflect favourably on you! If you accidentally do break this rule, apologise and cover up by explaining what you 'really' meant.
Not willing to say sorry
Sometimes, what we say may be misconstrued. It doesn't matter what you intended, what counts is how the other person reacts. Leave your ego behind and be prepared to simply say 'sorry, that's not what I meant!' This requires you to actually be paying attention to the interviewer, rather than your own thoughts and feelings. Once you've apologised, leave it there, take a deep breath to help you relax and move on with the job interview. Good luck!