Interviews are tough…and stressful. There is a lot to keep in mind as you’re going through the interview process. Articles abound when it comes to what you should do to make sure you are viewed as someone who could add value to a team/organization. On the flip side, here are some things to avoid, as they are reasons why candidates are often not selected for positions:
- Poor attitude – Approach the interview with confidence, not arrogance. Candidates who speak negatively about past employers and co-workers come across as negative. Put a positive spin on whatever situation you might reference.
- Appearance – Make sure you consider your appearance. First impressions are quickly made in the first three to five minutes.
- Lack of research – It is obvious when candidates have not done research about the job, company, or industry prior to the interview. Research the company, talk with friends, peers, and other professionals about the opportunity before each meeting.
- Not preparing questions to ask – Asking questions show your interest in the company and the position. Prepare a list of insightful questions in advance.
- Being unprepared for interviewers’ questions – Anticipate and rehearse answers to tough questions about your background, such as a recent termination or an employment gap. Practicing with your spouse or a friend before the interview will help you to frame concise responses.
- Relying too much on resumes – Employers hire people, not paper. Although a resume can list qualifications and skills, it is the interview dialogue that will portray you as a committed, value-added team player.
- Too much humility – Being conditioned not to brag, candidates are sometimes reluctant to describe their accomplishments. Explaining how you reached difficult or impressive goals helps employers gauge how you might add value to their team/organization.
At The Intersect Group, we’re passionate about new beginnings and fresh starts. If we can be of service to you as you consider new career opportunities, please: contact us.