You finally secured that coveted interview and the mass of butterflies in your stomach won’t let you forget it. Pre-interview jitters are normal and expected, but don’t let your anxiety make you forget basic rules of etiquette.
Avoid these interview faux pas if you want to get past the hot seat into your new office.
1. “Umm, I’m not sure why I put that on my CV” is definitely not the right answer. Be able to respond to questions about your CV and your work experience. Practise articulating why you want the job and why you’re the best candidate for it. Role-play in front of a mirror or with a friend. Being prepared will pay offąmaybe even in the form of your next paycheck.
2. Showing up late because you were waiting in line at Starbucks is a sure-fire way to get dismissed as a potential hire. Showing up lateor even too earlycan automatically ruin any chance of getting off on the right foot. Show up ten minutes before the scheduled timeno earlier, no later.
3. Badmouthing your ex-boss when asked why you left your past position is TMI! Interviews are not therapy sessions, so sit up straight in your chair and keep the topic strictly professional. Skip the gritty details, and keep your personal opinions to yourself because they will more than likely backfire.
4. Answering your mobile phone mid-interview shows a lack of respect. Before you walk into the office, make sure to turn off your phone, spit out your gum, and throw on a smile. Nothing can shatter your chance for a job like an unexpected phone interruption, gum smacking, or perception of a disgruntled attitude.
5. Flip-flops with a suit don’t cancel each other out to equal an appropriate interview outfit. Your appearance plays a major role in the direction of your interview. Dress standards vary across all industries and organisations, but the common rule of thumb is to dress to impress.
6. Bringing up money. Although it may seem like the elephant in the room, never be the first to mention money. When it comes to salary, timing is everything and if the timing is off, it can ruin your chances of ever finding out what the number was going to be. Be strategic and wait until the hiring manager opens the gate for this topic first.
7. Friending the hiring manager on Facebook right after the interview doesn’t count as a follow upit’s just creepy! Hiring managers expect you to follow up after an interview, but with a thank-you note. It shows enthusiasm for the job and helps refresh their memory of the connexion you may have shared. A thank-you letter or email takes only minutes to complete and can significan’tly distinguish you from a crowd of applican’ts.
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