Are you wondering why you are attending multiple job interviews and not getting any offers? The problem could be your interview technique. Unfortunately, it is not easy to evaluate your own interview performance, and employers rarely tell you what you did wrong in the interview. Do not lose hope just yet, though. In this post, we have compiled some of the common interview mistakes to avoid.
Your outfit is among the first things an interviewer notices. They will use your dress to judge if you can fit within the company culture. Of course, they are more interested in your skills. But, your outfit is a representation of your judgment, and it reflects how you would appear before clients. Business attire is the most appropriate for a job interview, and it goes without saying that you should not wear clothes that are too tight or too loose. Also, do not go with clothes with logos and brands, especially when interviewing for professional jobs.
Not being punctual
According to experts, you should arrive for an interview at least ten minutes early. First, the punctuality proves that you can be reliable, you are organized, and you are eager for the interview. Secondly, that extra time allows you to compose yourself and prepare for the upcoming conversation.
Lack of preparation
Of course, you should polish your resume and other documents before the interview. But, everyone does that. What will set you apart from the crowd is researching the company and role you are interviewing for. That research will help you explain how your skills fit into the role and how you can promote the company’s vision and mission. Knowing more about your employer helps you find things that connect you two, and you’ll know what to talk about when it is your turn to ask questions.
Raising the issue of salary too soon
Never bring up the question of salary first. It gives the impression that your only interest is money and it will put you at a weaker negotiating position. Wait until the employer brings up the issue. But, that is not to say you should not anticipate the question of salary. You should have a salary expectation in mind and be prepared to negotiate when the employer raises the topic.
You should be ready to discuss your academic qualifications, experiences, and professional accomplishments. But do not come on too strong. Boast about your achievements, but do not brag to the point of arrogance. Understand that no matter how qualified you are, no one owes you a job. Therefore, do not control the conversation and understand the thin line between boasting and bragging.
Using your phone during the interview
Checking your phone during an interview is rude. Additionally, it sends the message that you are not taking the interview and the interviewers seriously. Resist the temptation to check your phone by switching it off or putting it in silent mode.
Everyone has had bad interviews, and you should never expect to impress all interviewers. But by avoiding the mistakes outlined above, you can increase your chances of getting offers.