In this guide, will give you 7 terrible mistakes to avoid in your job interview! Many candidates will fail when they say these so make sure you continue reading until the end!
MISTAKE NUMBER 1 – NOT RESEARCHING THE COMPANY!
When the interviewer says to you: “what can you tell us about our company?” Do not say this:
“To be honest with you, I don’t really know much about your company, and that was one of the questions I was going to ask you at the end of the interview!”
That’s a terrible answer that will result in an interview fail! It is essential that you research their company before you attend your job interview. Our advice is to look on their website’s about us page to find out about the history, and their values. Make sure you check out their products and services too.
MISTAKE NUMBER 2 – POOR BODY LANGUAGE!
First impressions are very important in a job interview. Make sure you wear a smart outfit to your interview, because how you dress says a lot about your standards. Make sure you also sit upright in the interview chair, smile, and be positive!
MISTAKE NUMBER 3 – SPEAKING NEGATIVELY ABOUT YOUR FORMER EMPLOYER OR CO-WORKERS!
When the interviewer says to you, “why do you want to leave your job?” or “why did you leave your last job?” do not say this:
“I left because there was toxic work environment, and there was one particular co-worker that I didn’t really get on with!”
If you give that type of answer in your interview, you will fail. Instead, be positive about your former employer, boss and co-workers and say you wanted to leave for a fresh challenge with a new and exciting company where your skills and qualities would be put to good use.
MISTAKE NUMBER 4 – SAYING YOU WILL NOT STAY WORKING AT THEIR COMPANY FOR THE LONG TERM!
When the interviewer says to you, “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” do not say this:
“I plan to have moved on to a larger company in 5 years, but whilst I am working here, I will be committed and do a great job for your company.”
Instead, tell the interviewer you plan to build a long-term career with their company and become a trusted and reliable member of the team.”
MISTAKE NUMBER 5 – NOT GIVING A WEAKNESS IN A JOB INTERVIEW!
When the interviewer says to you, “what’s your biggest weakness?” do not say this:
“I don’t have any weaknesses, I’m a perfectionist!”
Instead, give an honest weakness that is not a match for the job description. Here’s an example of great weakness that will do you no harm:
“My biggest weakness is the fact I am not very good or confident at public speaking. However, this is a skill I am keen to develop in, so if there are any opportunities in this role give talks or presentations to large groups of people, I would love to give it a try!”
MISTAKE NUMBER 6 – SAYING YOU CANNOT ANSWER A QUESTION!
In the interview, if you can’t answer a question, make sure you at least say you will go away, research the answer, and get back to them.
MISTAKE NUMBER 7 – NOT ASKING SMART QUESTIONS AT THE END OF YOUR INTERVIEW!
So, when the interviewer says to you: “that’s the end of your interview, do you have any questions for us?” Do not say this:
“I don’t really have any questions, you covered everything during the interview.”
Instead, ask three smart questions that put your across as a professional and caring employee. Three questions to ask are:
- “What’s the one thing I can do in this role to help your business succeed?”
- “Can you tell me more about the team I would be a part of in the role?”
- “What are the plans for the company over the next 5 to 10 years?”
These are things to avoid in order to score highly with the hiring manager, giving you the best chance of sucess!
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