Seven Interview Faux Pas and How to Avoid them
Interviews are always pretty nerve-wracking – but you can maximise your chances of getting the job, or at least through to the next interview, if you memorise this list of things definitely NOT to do.
1. “What’s your biggest weakness?”
Show us an interviewee that doesn’t hate this one! Although the accepted wisdom has always been to turn it into a strength, saying you’re too much of a perfectionist or you tend to take on more work that you should, that can make you seem a bit smug. Instead, choose a real weakness, and say how you’re making it less of a problem. If you’re slightly technophobic, for example, say you’re taking an IT course.
2. Not researching enough
If you don’t do your homework on a company you’re interviewing for, it can make you seem disinterested or unprepared, so always swot up before you go. Find out about the job role and the company and talk about what you’ve learned, so that the interviewers can see you’ve made an effort.
3. Dressing too casual
If you get a chance to look up the dress code of the office you’re going into, adapt your interview outfit to that – or step it up a bit. It’s better to be a bit overdressed than it is to turn up smart casual to an interview where everyone else is suited and booted – being too casual immediately puts you on the back foot.
4. Not having any questions to ask
Always think up a few good questions before you go to the interview so that you appear interested. Ask about the way the office works, where your role fits in with the rest of the organisation, anything that makes you look interested. Don’t ask about paid holidays or sick leave entitlement though!
5. Out of date Facebook and LinkedIn Profiles
Set your Facebook profiles to private, as soon as you get an interview. In fact, why haven’t you done that already? There’s probably very little to worry about but it’s better to keep your personal life private where employers are concerned. Meanwhile, update your LinkedIn profile so that it says everything about you that you want a new employer to know.
6. Not talking money
It might be awkward but nobody expects you to work for nothing, so the salary question is going to have to come up. Be prepared and find the average salary for the job you’re interviewing for, and if you’ve worked recently, compare it with your old salary. You can then tell the interviewer that in your last job you earned ‘x’ but as you know the normal salary for a job at this level is ‘y’ you’d be looking for somewhere in-between. We love this post from The Interview Guys which has some great tips on how to discuss money in the right way.
7. Slating your past employers
It’s just not good form, even if your last boss made Miranda Priestly, the evil boss from The Devil Wears Prada, look like a pussy cat. If you’re asked why you left, just say enigmatically that you were looking for a new challenge, and leave it there…
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