You’ve just had an interview, you’re feeling cocky that you absolutely nailed it and you’ve started planning what to spend your first pay cheque on before you’ve left the building and then you get rejected. So what went wrong? Here are 5 of the ways you can fail an interview before it’s barely begun.
Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail
If you haven’t bothered to correctly prepare for an interview how can you ever expect it to go well. If you turn up looking like you’ve been dragged through a hedge or caught in a wildebeest stampede (Sorry Mufasa), and you don’t know anything about the company or the position then the interviewer may rightly be showing you the door shortly after you’ve walked through it. Don’t be lazy, be smart, do your research and dress the part to maximise your chances from the get go.
I’m Late I’m Late For A Very Important Date
If the soundtrack to the morning of your interview is Muse singing ‘our time is running out’ then you may want to reconsider hitting the snooze button over and over. Turning up to an interview red faced, out of breath and five minutes late because you missed the bus shows the interviewer that you don’t value punctuality and organisation which can instantly put them off you. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Take A Seat Young Skywalker
This may seem like a simple thing, but taking a seat before you’ve been offered one can be viewed by interviewers as bad manners and making yourself at home. You’re in the interviewer’s territory and throwing yourself into a chair while they’re still standing with an outstretched hand awaiting a shake can make you look like you have no respect for basic manners and you’re the type of person who puts their trainers on the sofa at home. Manners cost nothing and behaving like this will earn you nothing either.
The Social Network
The rise of social media and the effect it has on our lives is inevitable and you should bear this in mind when applying for jobs or attending an interview. While you may think that photo of you passed out in the Trevi Fountain is akin to a renaissance painting or your Hangover-style snaps of stealing your local zoo’s tiger make you look like an #absolutelegend, your interviewer will just think you’re an #absoluteloser instead and that’s if you even make it to the interview stage.
Don’t put anything on social media that you wouldn’t want your mum, your boss or the sweet old lady down the street to see, including offensive comments, derogatory remarks about your old job or boss or posts about getting drunk every night, because if an interviewer thinks you’re likely to call up work saying ‘I can’t come in, my friends put me on a rooftop and forgot’ they probably won’t want to hire you.
Am I Bothered?
Calm down Catherine Tate, while you may think you’re playing it cool by giving vague answers and seeming like you’re not bothered if you get the job or not, your interviewer will think you’re rude at best and a completely hopeless time-waster at worst. If your attitude seems lazy and ungrateful for the chance you may as well not have bothered turning up.
Don’t be rude to the receptionist, don’t just sit down in the waiting room and expect someone to find out who you are and alert the interviewer that you are there and don’t answer ‘I dunno’ when you get asked ‘so why do you want this position?’ / ’Where do you see yourself in five years?’ / ‘What are your best qualities that make you suited to this position?’ Plan your answers carefully to give the best impression of yourself, act enthusiastic but not desperate and show a genuine interest in what the interviewer has to say.
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