When you’re applying for a job, you may think that recruiters only evaluate your educational background, work experience, and skills. That may be true, but just for the initial phase. Keep in mind that even though you have the right skill set and knowledge that companies are looking for, recruiters and hiring managers can ignore your application based on inappropriate behaviors during the interview. First impressions last. As for job interviews, you need to present yourself as a professional who demonstrates the proper behavior.
There are several things that can go wrong during an interview which can affect your chances of landing that job. Recruiters can let go of some of them, but several mistakes are considered deal-breakers.
So, what are the common mistakes that candidates do to disqualify themselves from the job? Here are seven things that you shouldn’t do in an interview:
Punctuality says a lot about a job candidate. It demonstrates your respect for the time of the interviewer and you want the job. If you’re late for something as important as a job interview, how can you be relied on for other matters? Remember to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview. In case of an emergency that will prevent you from showing up on time, make sure to inform the interviewer.
Companies have different dress codes, so it’s alright to ask the recruiter what the dress code for the job interview is. Even if you know that the company is not that strict when it comes to what its employees wear, avoid assuming that it also applies to interviews. In general, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Most, if not all, recruiters cringe about job candidates who have bad breath or body odor. Aside from wearing the right clothes, apply deodorant and make sure that your breath smells fresh. Have some mints right before the interview. Look at yourself in the mirror before leaving the house to ensure that you look presentable.
You don’t need your phone during the interview, so there’s no reason for you to check it once in a while. Remember to give your 100% attention to the interview. To keep you from checking your phone, make sure to turn it off when you go inside the building. In this way, you will not be tempted to answer it if it rings or look at it if it vibrates. While waiting, you can mentally prepare for the interview and check your surroundings.
One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to body language during the interview is avoiding eye contact. Even when you’re not applying for a job, not looking at someone in the eye during conversations can look like you’re hiding something or you cannot be trusted. This also shows that you’re not interested in what the interviewer is talking about.
You may not be conscious about it, but playing something on the table during an interview tells the interviewer that you are not interested or you’re bored. Sit properly and focus your attention on the task at hand.
It doesn’t matter if you’re nervous or not – always remember to smile when you greet the interviewer or even the receptionist at the lobby. This will help show your pleasing personality and your interest in the job. Refusing to smile gives the impression that you’re a snub who’d rather be anywhere else.
These are just some of the things that you shouldn’t do in an interview. If you want the job, make the first impression count. Check your appearance and be professional. A combination of the right knowledge and skills, behavior and personality will increase your chances of getting hired.
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