Going for a interview, just remember one thing: The interviewer doesn’t know you and you have to really work hard at the impression you make. Starting from the right dress to the knowledge about the company and about how you express you about certain little things, which you may not even think about, can disqualify you from your dream job. Here are some tips to avoid some common blunders and put your best face forward.
Gaffe No. 1
My alarm clock didn’t go off.
Late for interview, you just made it impossible to dispel negative vibes.
Reason: It indicates lack of organizational skills and perhaps a lack of commitment. It reflects your chances of being late on work also.
Insulting the secretary.
You are not yet called for interview at scheduled time; you march towards reception demanding to see the recruiter, accusing them for wasting your precious time.
Reason: Organisation is made up of people inside and outside and everyone is to be treated with dignity and respect. When you are rude during interview then how one can believe your good behavior in daily activities.
No information about company.
Reason: This shows you are not much a planner or thinker. It also reflects that you are not interested.
Exaggerating your Achievements.
Never do those in a belief that it makes them sound better.
Reason: Interviewers are no fool, if they discover that you sounds too good to be true it damages your credibility. Moreover taking whole piece of cake reflects that you are not a team player.
The salary minefield.
Reached final round questioned about salary, your reply-“Not less than X”.But offered less than it, your quick response-Call this interview over.
Reason: You just portrayed yourself rude, arrogant and a person for whom only money matters. Similarly never ask your first question about a company-“What are the salary and benefits”.
Last boss was a jerk.
Reason: Being critical about last boss rarely sits well with a potential one. First it shows an underlying negativity. Second, they can wonder what you have to say about them when you move on. Thirdly, chances are that your potential employer may be familiar with your previous one.
Emotional during interview.
You are asked the toughest situation ever faced. You narrated an emotional drama and how you handled it. Negative impression.
Reason: It shows that you wouldn’t be able to separate personal and professional life.
Answering questions at length, instead of being precise.
Reason: Shows you are nervous. Reflects self-centered person. How will you find about others if you’ve talking whole time?
I don’t have any weaknesses.
Reason: Either you are not honest or not able to reflect your problem areas.
Desperation “I really need a job”Reason: Don’t ask what company should do for you, tell what you can do for a company, your desperation may be concluded that you’re not a top quality candidate