Worst Things To Do In A Job Interview
You know what to do at your next job interview to score a job, right? But do you know what not to do? We’re going to share with you a list of mistakes which can throw you out of the running for a job with a new company—or even get you thrown out of the interview early. Many of these things aren’t necessarily what you’d expect. Even the most qualified candidates who have interviewed many times over the years can make mistakes.
Make a poor impression on the receptionist.
Don’t think that the only person who is screening you for a job is the hiring manager. Your interview really starts the moment you set foot inside the office and someone (anyone) at the company sees you. If you do or say something stupid or rude when you’re talking to the receptionist, that could cost you the job. Hiring managers routinely ask receptionists for their impressions of job candidates, and may even consider what they say to be more valid than your scripted answers during the interview.
Say too much about yourself.
You’re expected to share your professional accomplishments and your career goals, but when an interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself,” they don’t want to know about your personal goals or ambitions outside work. You should also avoid overly complex explanations about why you had a gap in employment or quit a job. Keep it short and to the point and press the interview forward.
Bringing your cell phone in, and worse, answering it.
You’d be surprised how many people make this mistake—then again, maybe you wouldn’t. Most of us are glued to our mobile devices these days. It’s a good idea to leave yours behind so you don’t make the mistake of automatically answering it during your interview.
Thinking you don’t need to explain the contents of your resume.
While the hiring manager has theoretically read your resume, odds are it looks pretty similar to all the other resumes submitted by qualified candidates. You need to be able to bring the story of your career to life for the hiring manager. Talk about specifics and make sure you explain any strange acronyms or difficult to understand job titles, software proficiencies or so on—but in a way that doesn’t assume the hiring manager is stupid.
Obsessively contacting the hiring manager.
If you’re waiting to hear back about a job, wait the full timeframe that the hiring manager has told you. Do send a thank you email. If you keep calling for news, the hiring manager will find you impatient and insecure, if not simply annoying, and likely will toss you out as a candidate. It’s okay to call and ask about a job if an unusual amount of time has lapsed. You’ll probably discover the job has gone to someone else, but the hiring manager may make you a different offer.
These tips should prevent you from making a foolish error which could cost you a job you might otherwise get. So keep all this in mind the next time you’re at an interview and about to do something unwise.