Receiving a mail notifying a job applicant of a job interview is one of the best news a job applicant could ever get.
Trust me, it’s not a good feeling when you borrow mobile data to check your mail only to find out that no mail has been sent by the human resource (HR) manager of the organisation you have applied to.
Waiting to get a word for a job you applied is not one experience you want to go through.
The outcome of a job application depends on what happens in the interview room. You can have the best CV, but if you fail at the interview, you may miss out of the job eventually.
In this article, I will be sharing 6 unpardonable mistakes you shouldn’t make at interviews. Fresh graduates have more to gain from this piece. You might not get another chance to make a first impression at interviews; you should give it your best shot!
Lateness to Interview
‘Why the heck’ should you come late for an interview? It’s just doesn’t add up! Lateness for an interview paints you as a disorganized person. Trust me; no responsible organization wants to employ such a person.
If for some reason you won’t be keeping to time, call the HR or the contact person informing him or her of your inability to keep to time – this way you are already showing a level of responsibility, trust me, with this, you are positioned to getting that job.
I usually recommend that the aforementioned should be the very last resort, do all you can to make it to the venue of the interview at least 30-45 minutes before the time.
Seeking permission can be an act of responsibility for some HR managers, others get turned off by such messages, so why take a chance?
Having No Idea about the Organisation
You are expected to have an idea of what the organisation you are applying to does, otherwise, it’s like walking through a dark room.
A bit of knowledge about the company will help you see where you can fit if allowed to work.
Take some time out before the interview date to do your homework on the organisation because you will be asked questions relating to this, whether directly or indirectly.
If you can’t say anything about the organisation, you will only be giving the HR manager more than 100 reasons not to employ you!
There are several resources you can explore to get information about an organisation, an example is organisations website, Linkedin and other social media handles.
Badmouthing past employer
This is a big NO! For no reason should you give a bad testimonial about your previous employer, even if it was freelance or part-time job.
If you left your previous employer on bad terms, have a clear strategy on how you will address the question of ‘why did you leave your previous job role?’
An interview is not the ideal place to rant about the dysfunctionality in your last role. It’s not a good first impression.
You can’t shy away from questions about past employer if you are not an entry-level applicant, so, you need to comport yourself and ditch any form of beef you may have for your previous employer.
Don’t give unnecessary information, be honest within reason and be concise in your explanation in an objective, non-emotional way.
Focus on the positives; let the interviews know you’re on the lookout for a great new role and you’ve landed yourself the interview! Put the past aside and focus on the exciting new chapter ahead.
Nothing is more negative than looking exhausted and yawning during an interview.
Possible ways of avoiding this get a detailed description of the venue for the interview and get to there like 30 – 60 minutes before time.
Interviews would probably take just 3 hours of your time in a day, so it good you look relaxed and not all sweaty.
You would by now noticed my insistence on making a good first impression, looking overly tired simply shows you are not ready for that job opportunity.
Not Asking Any Reasonable Questions at the Interview
You’re the one in the hot seat but don’t forget the interview is your chance to ask questions too and not doing might cost you the job. This is one of the interview mistakes that separate an average job seeker from a stand out candidate.
Usually, as the employer is wrapping things up, you’ll be asked if you have any questions for them about the company or role.
Having 2 or 3 interview questions to ask is ideal, but it’s smart to have a few more prepared just in case the information has already been covered in the interview.
Have questions lined up both about the job itself and the organisation in general. This will give you a good idea about how your role will function day to day and show you are interested in finding out more about the culture of the organisation.
There is a presumed dress code for every outing. You are expected to adapt your clothing to your workplace.
Wearing clothes that reveal most of the breast and thighs can be inappropriate for most job interviews, while for male applicants, wearing unbuttoned shirts and crazy jean can be inappropriate as well.
You give a poor impression of yourself when wearing inappropriate clothing. Before going for an interview do your due diligence by finding out what the acceptable clothing is.
If you are applying for a bank job for instance you are expected to be on corporate wears, for an entertainment-related interview, too much emphasis is not placed on the dressing.
If you have landed an interview, congratulations, I hope these tips will come to good use. If not, trust this will help you put your best foot forward when you get an opportunity for an interview.