Have you ever walked out of an interview thinking you nailed it, but you didn’t get the job? Could it have been something you said or did that caused the interviewer to choose another candidate?
If you are guilty of any of the 7 no-no’s listed below, your actions may have cost you the position. Some of these items are common sense, but you’ll be surprised at some of the behaviors which make employers think twice about hiring you.
1. Don’t use your phone during an interview.
In a survey from careerbuilder.com, 68% of hiring managers say answering a call or text from a cell phone can cost candidates a job. Don’t look at your phone at any time during an interview, even if the interviewer steps out of the room for a moment. Put your phone on silent if you think you’ll be tempted to look at it, leave it in your car or even at home.
2. Don’t ask about vacation time and health insurance.
An interview is like a first date–and you wouldn’t ask a first date when you’re taking a trip together! Wait until an offer is made to talk about benefits. Then you can find out about the company’s vacation policies and health insurance coverage, negotiating if needed.
3. Don’t ask what the company does.
You need to research the company where you’re interviewing so you can share how you’ll be an asset to their business. Coming into the interview without basic knowledge of the company shows you’re unprepared and uninterested. An article from Business News Daily suggests preparing some thoughtful questions to demonstrate your knowledge of the company.
4. Don’t use unprofessional words.
Using professional verbiage and correct grammar is important. This includes avoiding vulgar phrases and swearing as well as words that make you look lazy or incompetent. Excessive use of words such as “whatever”, “like”, and “uh” will not make you seem like a good match for any company. A recent article from inc.com also mentions that using insensitive words such as “retarded” or “gay” in a negative sense can make employers rethink you as a candidate.
5. Don’t fidget.
You may bite your nails when you’re nervous, but your interviewer definitely doesn’t want to see that. Your body language conveys a lot about you as a job candidate.
Show the interviewer you’re confident by using positive body language. Give a firm handshake, make eye contact, and sit up straight with your legs uncrossed. Keep your body relatively still during the interview, and remember to take deep breaths if you’re nervous.
6. Don’t focus on the negative.
The reason you left a recent job may be because the working environment was horrible or because you didn’t get along with your boss. However, this is not something to disclose to an interviewer. If you’ll say negative things about your old boss, your interviewer will likely surmise that you’ll say negative things about your new one.
Instead, refer to negative experiences as challenges and focus on what you learned from your position. Plan careful responses to questions about why you left your jobs.
7. Don’t look like you don’t care.
Demonstrate with both your attire and facial expressions that you’re interested and excited about the job for which you’re applying or interviewing.
Smile whenever appropriate and look interested in what the interviewer is saying when he or she talks.
Clothing should be neat and professional. Sloppiness gives the impression that you’d rather be doing something else, or that you’re likely to be careless in your work.
Job interviews can be difficult and stressful. Put your best face forward by not doing or saying these seven things. To find out how Brannon Professionals can assist you in your job search, contact us today at 662-349-9194.