Maybe you don’t really want that job you are interviewingfor or aren’t really ready to go back to work yet. If that’Come s the case trythese 10 things to ruin any interview:
- Be Negative-Tell the interviewer how much you hated your last boss or company. Tell them your horror story of being let go from the company. The interviewer knows if they hire you, some day you will be bad mouthing them.
- Be Rude- Don’t worry about the impression you leave with security personnel or receptionist. There opinion doesn’t matter ….or does it? When I interviewed with my present company I had to sit and wait for the hiring manager right next to the security guard. We struck up a conversation and found out we lived only blocks apart. Turns out he was also friendly with the hiring manager and said nice things about me. Never be rude to the support staff at a company you want to work.
- Come Unprepared- When asked what you know about the company, tell the interviewer you really don’t know anything about the company. That is you don’t know anything because you didn’t do your research. Coming unprepared shows you won’t do your preparation when hired either. It shows you are interested only in a paycheck, not what you can do for the company. If you want to look even more unprepared leave your resume and business cards at home as well.
- Timing- Show up late or really early if you want to ruin your interview. You should arrive at the appointed time and not more than five minutes early. Most people understand being late for an interview is bad, then err on the side of arriving really early. This is bad because you will be interrupting the schedule of the hiring manager. They more than likely will have to get our of a meeting or drop what they are doing to meet you. This interrupts there schedule and does make a good first impression.
- Inappropriate Dress- Dressing up too much or not enough can ruin an interview. Do your research to determine the appropriate level of dress for the interview. A suit or at least a shirt and tie for men are the minimum. Never dress like you are going to a baseball game. Being dressed too casually leaves the impression you don’t care or don’t know how to dress properly. Make sure your clothes are cleaned and pressed.
- Acting Too Casual- Don’t call others by their first name unless invited to do so. Don’t ask personal questions to make small talk with the interviewer. Don’t ask about family, church membership or hobbies to try and establish rapport. Stick to neutral topics like the weather and traffic on the drive to the interview. Don’t accept cell phone calls during the interview. Don’t chew gum. Take notes and pay attention.
- Not Asking Questions-I am always disappointed in a candidate if they don’t ask questions during the interview. It looks like they only care about getting the job. If you want to know about the situation you will be getting into you need to ask questions. Your questions help you to determine if the organization is a good fit for you and if you can be of help to them. Not asking questions shows you aren’t interested or you have not prepared. Your research will help you to understand the business strategy of the organization, their market share and accomplishments. Asking questions is a good way to have a conversation that demonstrates how you are the right candidate for the job.
- Making Demands- Here you start telling the employer about the flexible schedule you need, to make your child care work, how you can’t travel during the summer and the days you know right now you will need off. It is fine to start talking about this when you are offered the job, but you should not bring it up until salary negotiations start. Asking about how soon you will be promoted falls into this category as well.
- Money- Start asking about how much you will be paid and how many weeks of vacation you will get. Bringing up money and benefits too soon can ruin an interview. During the interview you should be showing the company the skills and experience you will bring to their organization. You also want to determine if this job is a good fit for you and if you would be comfortable in the organization. Bringing up money and benefits too soon makes you look self centered. In other words not the ideal employee.
- Not Saying Thank-you- After the interview just leave and wait to hear from the employer. In the meantime another candidate interviewing for the same position followed up the interview with a thank-you note. All things being equal, who left the best impression?
If you don’t want to ruin an interview be on your best mostpositive behavior. Never complain aboutyour former boss or company. Prepare for the questions you will be asked andhave some of your own. Bring copies ofyour resume. Bring business cards andget the card of everyone you interview with so you can follow up with a thankyou letter. Good luck on your next interview!
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