Have you been having unsuccessful interviews lately and aren’t sure why? You may be unknowingly making mistakes that are easy to fix. It is very common to be nervous and anxious attending a job interview as you are looking to make a great impression and want to show your potential future employer your value. However, we can often make small errors that can deter the employer from hiring. Here are some things to remember next time you head to an interview.
Maintain eye contact when speaking
Job interviews can be awkward, nerve-wracking, and even uncomfortable for many people. However, it’s important to remember to keep eye contact. This can show confidence in yourself, as well as indicate you are invested in the interview, listening, and paying attention to the conversation and questions.
Don’t speak poorly about your current or prior employer
You may not be content with your current or last job, which is likely why you are interviewing in the first place. But refrain from speaking badly about your employment. This can cause an inaccurate first impression and negative attitude, making the interviewer unsure about how you will fit with their company. While it is acceptable to express things in your current or prior job that you are interested in changing or looking for something different, insulting is never a good idea.
Never say you can start right away when you are still employed
The company you are applying for may be everything you are looking for and it’s great to be eager to start. However, make sure to still offer your current employer a 2-week notice. Not providing a notice can not only burn bridges and ruin possible future references, but your interviewer may assume that if you don’t give your current company a notice, you will do the same to their company.
Be prepared- it shows that you care about the open position
You may come off as unprepared if you are struggling to answer questions or don’t have the materials requested for the interview. For example, if you have an in-person interview, it’s a wise idea to bring updated prints of your resume and to write down any questions you might have about the company. Researching the company before the interview shows that you care about the business and its mission. Reviewing common interview questions can also help you not be surprised by any questions.
Have an updated resume
When you bring a copy of your resume to the job interview, ensure there are no mistakes and that all your information is updated. For example, making sure you put the correct phone number and email is essential if the company wants to further communicate with you or invite you to a second round of interviews. Many online websites offer free resume reviews to help with this.