More Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Previously we pointed out three common interview mistakes that could deprive you from getting the job you had applied for. Today, we’d like to talk about other interview mistakes that may decrease your chances of being hired by your prospective employer.
If you’ve read the last article 3 Common Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, here are more for you to know.
INTERVIEW MISTAKE: YOU’RE NOT MEMORABLE
In the last article, we talked about the importance of showing interest during a job interview. Being interested is important because it’s one way that you can stand out, if you’re not an extrovert. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so make sure it’s one that people will remember.
Being memorable is not necessarily about cracking the funniest jokes or displaying the biggest personality. If that’s not who you are, it will come across as inauthentic. But one huge interview tip that will help you stand out is to simply follow up on your job interview. Oftentimes, employers get bogged down, just as much as the interviewee does, during the interview. So following up by an email to thank the interviewer for the opportunity to meet them shows that you are, not only, proactive, but that you truly are interested in that position. In your email you may point out some of the highlights of the interview and why you could be the right candidate for the job, given what was discussed in the meeting. That’s something an interviewer will not forget.
INTERVIEW MISTAKE: THERE’S A DISCONNECT
It’s unrealistic to assume you’ll l automatically be in synch with the interviewer. After all, you don’t know this person and sometimes it takes time to warm up to people. However, when it comes to job interviewing, you don’t have time to warm up. You need to learn the vital skill of connecting, if you want to stand out amongst the competition.
The best way you are going to connect is by focusing on what you have in common, and that is the industry you’re in. You’ve chosen this career for a reason, and so you should be extremely passionate about it, and be able to talk about it naturally. If you can’t, that’s a problem. You may just be nervous, and that’s normal too. That’s why research is key. Research the company you’re interviewing for, as well as current industry trends. Also, don’t be shy about asking the employer questions. It shows interest!
INTERVIEW MISTAKE 3: YOU DIDN’T TALK ENOUGH ABOUT YOURSELF
In the previous article, we discussed giving TMI (too much information). But it’s just as fatal of a mistake in a job interview as hardly saying anything at all. This is truly your time to shine. Now isn’t the time to be shy. Think about what makes you unique, and what you can bring to the position. If you’re nervous, just be sure to practice beforehand. Talking about oneself doesn’t come naturally to everyone. However, you have worked hard to get to where you are, and you should be proud to talk about those accomplishments.
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