We all know that interviews are not the most enjoyable situation, particularly if you’re usually on the more introverted side. However, they can provide a marvelous platform to show your worth and make an impressive mark with a potential employer – despite being nerve-wracking experiences!
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Congrats! You’ve already conquered the most difficult part of finding a new job by making it past the gatekeepers and into an interview. Now, remember that you’re one of only a few candidates to make it this far – so don’t let yourself down now. To ensure success, avoid these common pitfalls during your interviews:
1. Not having a response prepared when asked to talk about yourself.
It is easy to overlook how important it is to be prepared for an interview, but when you are asked about a specific project from three jobs ago, the details may escape your memory. So make sure that before heading into any job interview you create a roadmap of your top accomplishments and know what information will answer the interviewer’s query and present yourself as their ideal candidate. Keeping in mind the perspective of why they need or want this position filled can help guide both the list-making process and formulating answers during an exchange.
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2. Neglecting to rehearse your responses.
If you need to ensure that your message is clear, articulate, and persuasive in an interview setting, try rehearsing it with someone else. Whether a friend or family member who can go through some basic questions (such as why should we hire you and what would be your role?) or even hiring a professional career consultant to guide the process – by saying the words out loud before going into the actual interview, not only will give you peace of mind but also help reduce any stuttering while speaking. Even if no one’s available to listen or critique what You’re saying, practice in front of a mirror; just getting used to speechifying will make all the difference come showtime!
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3. A lack of knowledge about the company can be a hindrance to success.
Living in the digital age, we have access to more information than ever before about potential employers. Make sure you take advantage of this and use it to your benefit! Get acquainted with their company developments, projects, mission statement, and culture. Speak with people who work there – or know someone that does – for valuable tips on how to make a great impression at the interview. Utilize LinkedIn for researching your interviewers as well as Glassdoor which can give you specific details on available positions within the organization. By gathering all this knowledge beforehand, you’ll be able to provide answers during interviews that are not just precise but also show genuine interest in their business goals too!
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4. Neglecting to pose the right inquiries.
When interviewing, many candidates don’t realize that it is also a chance to evaluate whether the role fits them. Instead of just cracking down on landing the offer, use this opportunity to your advantage and decide if you’ll take it should one be presented. List out any factors that could influence your job satisfaction such as development possibilities or daily responsibilities—you can then form questions based on what research you’ve done about the company. Having specific queries will show how passionate you are about taking up this new position!
5. Keeping a negative outlook.
When you are being interviewed by a potential employer, it’s critical that you don’t disparage your former employers or colleagues. Even if the interviewer is asking very specific questions about why you left your previous job or company, never talk negatively – use this opportunity to focus on the positive and what motivated you to pursue new opportunities. You want the interviewer to see your situation as a chance for growth, not an escape from something bad; so spin things in such a way that allows them to visualize how well-suited you may be for their team and organization. Reframe future aspirations in terms of ambition rather than a hassle – show enthusiasm while steering away from any pessimistic outlooks!
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6. Suppressing your true identity.
Believe in yourself! You have achieved so much progress that your interviewers are certain you can be a great candidate. It is essential to prepare for the questions, but don’t limit yourself by sticking with rehearsed speeches. Practicing should make hard inquiries not impact your performance; however, never let confidence turn into arrogance as it won’t give any favorable impression.
7. Lacking professionalism.
Even if the company culture favors a casual dress code, you still want to respect your interviewer by dressing appropriately. Take the time to research and understand what is considered appropriate attire for the company’s environment; it’s always better to err on the side of slightly more formal than not enough. You don’t want these first impressions filled with nervousness from being underdressed or overly stiff from an outfit that feels too formal. Similarly, remember this situation isn’t about making friends – practice professionalism at all times and turn off your phone before arriving a few minutes early!
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8. Refraining from seeking additional resources.
Once you receive the offer, don’t be afraid to ask for more. Women in particular tend to overlook this step and accept whatever is offered, but by recognizing your true worth and negotiating a higher salary package that reflects your value as an employee, you guarantee yourself a greater success with your new employer. Even if they are unable to increase their original offer, simply asking demonstrates both commitment and ambition – qualities that will help foster future professional growth!
9. Neglecting to follow up.
Even after the interview, your conversation with the company isn’t over. Express your appreciation and gratitude by sending timely emails followed up with personalized letters for each interviewer. Make sure to jot down their name along with some special topics that you discussed so they’ll recall you quickly. Lastly, request feedback if you don’t get the job – it will be greatly beneficial in future interviews!
This article was written by Elana Constant and originally published on GOGIRL Finance.