According to new interviewing tips from U.S. News and World Report, job seekers may be doing all the right things during interviews, however making just one subtle mistake could result in a serious setback.
First, as is often said to be the number one rule for interviews, be on time. Arriving late to an interview may be one of the single most detrimental errors you can make. While mild tardiness may have acceptable excuses in other arenas, in an interview, it is unforgivable. Hiring managers presume job candidates are putting their best foot forward during an interview, so when you show up late, it speaks volumes about your reliability as a member of their team.
Plan for extra time to allow for any unexpected blips in transportation, and if you arrive early, so be it.
Badmouthing a former employer could also put you on a hiring blacklist. While it may feel wonderful to vindicate your reasons for leaving your previous company by describing your last boss as crazy, careless or corrupt, resist the urge at all costs. You may be in the right, but traditional interview etiquette states that such talk is verboten. By avoiding this, employers will see that you understand business etiquette.
According to the news source, showing up unprepared and without examples that indicate you would thrive in your prospective position is a huge mistake. Just saying you excel at supply chain solutions or creative innovation isn't enough - you need hard evidence in the form of facts and stories on how you've put these skills to use in the business setting.
Interviewers may come across as exceedingly friendly, but this is no excuse to tell an inappropriate joke or use off-putting language during the interview, according to the Report. Interviewers work hard to assess character judgment, and if an inappropriate joke comes up, your interviewer will likely wonder how you'll act once you're hired. Any doubt that arises in the interviewer's mind could spell the end of your chances for a position with the company.
Be sure to ask questions that get into the nitty-gritty details of what the job might be like. You could very soon be spending eight hours a day under direct management from the interviewer, it stands to reason interested people should have questions on the goings-on in the office and other specific questions. Good questions typically involve the supervisor's management style, the details of job expectations and the culture of the group, according to the media outlet.
We all know the jobs climate is far from ideal, but keep the bitter resentment about your job search to yourself. While it is simple to get discouraged, showing the smallest amount of negativity could send signals to your potential employer that you could may drag down the positive energy of other employers. No one is in the market for an angry or resentful worker.
Employment agencies say the final point is one that can often be overlooked: Be likeable. Those suits aren't covering up robots, and as rigid as an interview may feel, hiring managers want to know you're human too. Being unfriendly, arrogant or rude - no matter what outstanding qualifications you may have - will keep you from getting hired. Being friendly and open is your best bet, and don't be afraid to hide any personality quirks you may have, according to the news source.
Being prepared to employ these simple tips in your next interview could greatly increase your chances of getting hired.