Interviews can be nerve wrecking especially if the interview is being done in a very formal setting. Several people staring back at you, eyes seemingly glaring back at you and everyone trying to read you while you act composed and articulately answer their questions.
We understand that it can be quite a daunting process. We’ve drummed up a list of 5 things to never do to assist you.
1. NOT ASK QUESTIONS
No matter how silly this one little thing may seem, most recruiters have stated that they take job applicants less seriously when the tables are turned and the applicant has no questions. It apparently shows that the applicant has done little to no research on the company or even if they have, they’re not too passionate about the job. Inquisitiveness is a good thing.
2. NOT HAVE AN ANSWER WHEN ASKED YOUR SALARY EXPECTATION
Not knowing how much you would like to get paid is always a quick indicator that the applicant has a low sense of their worth. This makes it easy for employers to undervalue this applicant and offer an income that is below the qualification or the job role in question. Always go into an interview with some knowledge about the income that may be attached to the job role.
3. HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE COMPANY DOES
This is absolutely inexcusable even if the company doesn’t have a website. It is important that you do your research and speak to anyone who could have some background knowledge on the company. “It comes across as unprofessional when I ask a job applicant to give me an overview of my company and they look at me with a blank face. I once got so upset that I ended the interview right there and then. There’s simply no excuse for it.” says Diana who runs her own group of beauty retail stores.
It catches up with you because if you do get placed in that role, you may be required to utilise some of the skills stated in your CV. It may also come across in the interview if questioned about it. Be as honest as possible.
5. APPEARING ARROGANT
Appearing arrogant or entitled is an instant disqualifier for 59 percent of hiring managers. While you should be ready and able to discuss your professional accomplishments and what makes you stand out, there’s a fine line between boasting and bragging. Frame your big wins in the company’s overall success: your impressive sales numbers attributed to the company’s biggest year in earnings, for example. Also remember that no one owes you a job, no matter how well qualified you think you are. Remember your manners and show them that you appreciate their time with a simple but genuine “thank you.”