From a pool of numerous applicants for a particular job, getting an interview invite usually seems like a major victory, especially if you have been in the search market for quite a long while. This most likely may lead to the candidate feeling too relaxed and over-confidence about the interview process.
While there really is nothing wrong in been confident, there is certainly something wrong in being “over” confident. This can cause you to be among the numerous casualties who get interview invites but end up not getting the job.
To ensure you are not a casualty, check out these common mistakes candidates helplessly make during interviews.
1. Appearing Uninterested.
No one wants to have a conversation with someone who is not on the same page with them. And you definitely don’t want to give such person a job. Therefore, if you have been scheduled for an interview, do your ground work, get information about the job, the company. You can also check out the LinkedIn channels of the interviewer. Go with such zeal and enthusiasm, like you woke up just for this job.
2. Being unprepared.
This is similar to the one above. You really cannot over-emphasize it though. Always be prepared with you. Prepwboiare for questions such as, “how did you hear about us?” “What do you know about us?” And so on?
Though the quetion to the question are quite straight forward, you should remember that what you say is equally as important as how you say it.
3. Being late for an interview.
One thing you don’t want to do during an interview is be late. This automatically reduces your chances of getting the job. For every interview, do a mental schedule of how long it will take to commute from home to the interview venue and leave at the earliest time possible, factoring the possibility of traffic jam. Try arriving the venue about 5 -10 before the interview, if you arrive earlier, possibly hang around somewhere good till it is time.
4. Not asking quality questions.
A little or no questions may be treated as a lack of interest by the job. Therefore,during your research highlight your grey areas and make sure you ask the interviewers. Ask them about the job, what your key performance will be, why the previous person in that roll