Job interviews can be a nerve-wrecking experience. If you are hoping to do well, then you already know to have all the basics of research and interview preparation covered.
However, we tend to focus too much on what to do at a job interview, at the detriment of also being weary of what not to do. It’s important to be mindful of both simultaneously.
For the purposes of this article, I will focus more on the minor nuances candidates tend to overlook, that are in fact an important part of nailing job interviews.
Here are a few key things to avoid at all cost:
Not researching the company and the role you are interviewing for – Seriously? Candidates still do this? The answer is yes, they do. There is nothing more unprofessional than showing up to an interview unprepared. It illustrates your lack of interest and is offensive to the interview who has taken time out of their busy schedule to meet with you.
Asking about salary and benefits too soon – Though this is undoubtedly important for you, it is off-putting for the employer if you bring it up early in your first interview, as it gives off the impression that you only care about money.
Show up late – Make sure you arrive and are readily available in the waiting lounge 10-15 minutes early. No one is obligated to wait for you, even if you have a valid excuse. This shows that you are unprepared, and may make a habit of being late for work if you’re eventually hired. Though you may be granted a new interview date/time, it will not be well-received, and may negatively influence the interviewer’s hiring decision.
Talk too much – Obviously, the whole point of an interview is for you to showcase your experience and skills as a response to specific interview questions. However, there is such a thing as talking too much. Make sure to allow the interviewer to also speak, and in return you should listen well. If asked to elaborate further, then by all means, go for it. But be conscious of knowing when to stop.
Forget to ask questions – At the end of your interview, you will be asked if you have any questions to ask yourself, and you should take advantage of this as it opens you up to covering certain areas that were not discussed which may be important to you. Opting to not prepare any questions to ask illustrates a lack of interest in the company and the role on your part.