Biggest Blunders to Dodge in an Interview
A couple weeks ago, we talked about how your social media presence can have a negative or positive impact on your job search. How you behave in your personal life sometimes reinforces how you’re perceived in your professional life. This week, we’re touching on what happens when you finally get the chance to have an interview with a prospective employer. No matter how qualified you are, certain actions you take during the interview could make or break your job search.
Dressing Too Casual
In this modern age of Zuckerberg hoodies and casual office attire, it’s sometimes difficult to determine how casually you can dress for the interview. No matter what, you should always dress professionally. Ensure that your shirt is ironed and your skirt is clean. A prospective employer will never knock off points if you’re dressing too professionally, but he/she may look past you if you’re wearing socks and flip-flops.
Not Asking Questions
You’re the one being interviewed, but you need to ask questions in order to gain a better understanding of the position you’re applying for and the company in general. Asking questions is one of the best things you can do during an interview. It allows you to learn more about your prospective employer, and it shows them that you’re truly interested in the position.
Showing Up Unprepared
Don’t show up to your interview empty handed. You should bring your resume and something to write with. You should do your research on the company and the position so that when a question comes your way, you can answer it. Prepare for the interview days ahead and even practice answering questions with a friend if that’s helpful to you.
This means turning off your real personality in order to please an employer. You don’t need to compliment the business excessively or your prospective employer. Remember, mostly, to be yourself. Landing a job isn’t about tricking your prospective employer.
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