Whether you’ve just graduated from University and haven’t found the passion for working, or your boss from your last job was a bullying dictator, you need to leave your negativity behind before you step into the interview room.
When you are faced with the discussion of your previous employment (it nearly always comes up), try to add a positive spin on it, no matter what experience you have had. One thing to keep in your mind though – never lie. If you get found out it could mean instant rejection.
Although it can differ depending on the job sector, all interview dress codes are usually formal. First impressions let your potential employer know how serious you are about achieving the position. If a candidate turns up in shorts and trainers, they should not expect a positive reaction. Try to take a conservative, well-groomed approach.
Waffling or speaking too little
Your answers to the in-depth questions should reflect mini essays – having a beginning, middle and an end. If your answers are too short, it looks like you don’t have anything worthwhile to say, and if they are too long, you might be babbling and miss the point. Try to be composed with your answer – think before you speak and try to employ structure.
Not doing your research
Not doing your research covers not having prepared enough for the tough questions and not having researched into the role and company. All employers understand that you might be nervous, but if you come to an interview unprepared, it will not come across well. Try to go the extra mile when doing your research to really put yourself ahead of the rest.
Leaving the interview without asking questions
An interview isn’t just finding out why a candidate’s experience and skills are suited to the role. It’s also a test for their interest in working for the company and pursuing a career in the chosen field. Here you can show your potential employer your enthusiasm for the role, strengthening your credibility as the best candidate.