After what can feel like a lifetime you finally get word. You’ve made the first cut, your resume caught someone’s attention and you’ve been called in for an interview. Now it’s time to prepare yourself for the inevitable. It’s question and answer time and you must have your homework done and be on your toes. Many have done it before, made that crucial career altering mistake during an interview. Here you’ll find some common interview mistakes to avoid that just may save your career.
Failure to Study The Company
Many people go into an interview not knowing anything about the company. This is a huge mistake.
If you really want this job, you’ll spend some time studying the company. You’ll know what they do, how they operate and a bit about a few of the job positions, especially the job position that you’re applying for. You want to go into this interview armed with some knowledge that will show the hiring manager why they should hire you for the open position.
Failure to Arrive On Time
This is one of the biggest mistakes you can avoid.
Failing to arrive on time shows the interviewer that you can’t be counted on to arrive on time for your job. If for any reason you’re going to be late, consider calling ahead and rescheduling the interview. However, try at all costs to avoid having to reschedule, it will make you look much better as a potential candidate if you arrive on time.
Have you ever been offended because someone kept pronouncing your name incorrectly? Your interviewer will be offended too. You need to know how to pronounce the name correctly. If you are unsure, ask something along the lines of “How do your pronounce your name?” This shows that you care. Make sure that you use their name at least once or twice to ensure you’re pronouncing it correctly.
It’s also a good idea to find out the name of the top personnel at the company and know how to pronounce their names as well. And please make sure you know how to pronounce the name of the company that is interview you. While it may seem like a little thing, it can make the difference between getting hired and continually looking for your next job.
Failure to Follow Up
When you don’t follow up, you’re not showing good manners. It’s important to follow up and show those good manners if you want the job. It’s also a good time to bring attention to a skill that you weren’t able to talk about in the interview, a skill you can expand on and reassure or even a way to squash any perceived negatives to hiring you.
It may seem silly but you need to follow up after your interview with a short note, card or email to your interviewer. No need to write a novel, but you should have some substance in your thank you note. A good formula to use would be a three paragraph note/letter. The first paragraph should be thanking them for their time and the opportunity to learn more about the position. The second paragraph should contain 2-3 examples of why you are the right person (use the experience/skill set that seemed most important to them in the interview). The third paragraph would be thanking them once again and letting them know your interest level.
This simple step accomplishes several things. It tells the interviewer that you are thankful and respectful, and it helps to keep your name foremost in their mind as they go through the process with other potential candidates.
The moral of the story is to use common sense. Avoid these very common mistakes and you will have a much better chance of landing your dream job. Happy Interviewing!
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