How You Messed up Your Job Interview

It’s been three weeks and although you’ve eagerly checked your phone for a missed call or voicemail every hour on the hour, you are yet to receive word on the job interview you had. Where did you go wrong? While this is a question that can only be answered by the person who interviewed you, there are certain cues or indicators that all point to a failed or flawed meeting. Keeping in mind your particular performance, read through the following interview flops and soon you may have the answer.

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The absolute worst thing that can happen in
an interview is that you are caught lying.

Arriving Late or Early

It is estimated that human beings form impressions within a matter of seconds. With so much pressure, it is important to get the simple things right, such as your arrival time. You may think that arriving half an hour early will show that you are eager and committed, but in reality, you are potentially making a nuisance of yourself. Don’t forget that your interviewer likely has a strict schedule filled with other meetings and tasks for the day. Similarly, appearing late can be equally inconvenient, not to mention suggesting that you are disorganised, unpunctual and slack.

Wrong Dress Code

Dressing appropriately is also within your control, so don’t mess it up. If you’re interviewing for a corporate, professional services role, don’t appear donned in jeans and a casual t-shirt. For creative jobs, the dress code will likely be more relaxed, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo personal grooming and standards of hygiene. Our personal presentation says a lot about us; are you organised or slovenly? Do you respect yourself?

Being Caught out on a Lie

The absolute worst thing that can happen in an interview is that your – ahem – slightly embellished resume is picked to pieces and you are caught lying. How do you avoid this? First of all, don’t lie! Secondly, be confident in your abilities and work history and think of ways to talk up your talents without being out of your depth.

Babbling and Fidgeting

Unfortunately, job interviews produce stress and nervousness. What do we do when we are nervous? For some of us, the answer is babbling. An uncontrolled burst of over-the-top language, immaterial facts and nonsensical stories that mask the informative, relevant answers that are in there somewhere. Or maybe fidgeting is your Achilles’ heel? That horrible tendency to pick, itch or constantly move your fingers? Whatever the vice, the result is that the interviewer will perceive you as being flustered and unprofessional.

Poor Attitude

A sure-fire way to eliminate yourself as a job candidate is to show up with a poor attitude or be perceived to have one. How do you come across? Aloof or engaged? Keen or disinterested? Hold a mock interview with a friend and practise your answers. Then ask them to describe your disposition. The results may be quite surprising, not to mention enlightening. In your interview, show that you have researched the company and ask intelligent questions at the end.

What do you think? Do you have some aspects to improve on? Recruitment companies and employment marketplaces such as Just Digital People and Seek have many online resources for job seekers, so be sure to check them out.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Your Job Interview

I congratulate the graduates of 2012! You’re now moving away from the university but about to face a new journey. I know some of you  will prepare for the board exam and some will hunt for jobs…job that will be the start of a new  venture. But before that, you must be prepared for the most nervy part of job hunting…the interview. It’s easy to set your mind to “I can do this. All I need to do is to put on my best business suit”. Well, it is easily said than done. The truth is there are more important things that will help you leave good impressions other than showing up in your best suit. Below are 10 job interview tips that will help you.

1. Research about the company. It is always better to be prepared should be asked any question on what you know about the company. It will also allow you to ask questions and show your interest  working in the company.

2. Dress properly. This depends on what kind of job you are applying  for. Always come in business attire for company interviews. However, for blue collar jobs  business suit are somewhat overdressed.

3. Go alone to the interview. Show that  you are mature enough to be on your own so tagging along your parent or a friend is a big NO, NO unless your friend is applying for the same job and is scheduled for an interview on that same day.

4. Bring extra resume and photocopies of important documents.  It is good to have them on hand should you be asked a copy. Don’t forget to bringing your identification cards and extra ID pictures too.

5. Arrive at least 10 minutes early. This is important for you to have time to retouch and relax. However, arriving too early (more than 10 minutes early) creates  poor first impression as well. This shows that you don’t have so much things to do.

6. Good handshake. A handshake maybe telling more about you than you know. A good  handshake (not too loose neither too tight) will help to build rapport.

7. Eye contact. Look the interviewer in the eye. This shows you are focused and interested. Don’t stare the interviewer down to avoid awkwardness.

8. Avoid nervous habits like swinging the legs,  tapping the table (as if you’re flaunting your diamond and eternity bands), biting your nails, flipping your hair, etc.

9. Don’t talk too much. Interviewers hate talkative applicants so don’t talk unless you are asked to or you have very important thing to say related to the job and/or company. Listen carefully to the questions you’re asked, take a few seconds to think then deliver responses that get to the point of the question.

10. Don’t say negative words about your current or past employers. This will give the impression that you can similarly trash your boss to be and/or the company.  If you state your feelings about your present and previous bosses, then you’re out of the new job.

Interview skills is as important as a strong resume. Strong resume gives you the opportunity to an interview while your  strong interview skills will win you consideration for the job.

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