Alright, so you’ve landed a call-back and you’re prepping for your job interview. Congratulations! You should be proud of yourself. Interviews can be scary, frustrating, and sometimes overwhelming. It’s how you prepare that will make the difference between a successful interview and a failed attempt. We’ve recently written about 13 Things You Should Never Say In a Job Interview, but I wanted to point out 3 critical interview mistakes that can cost you the job.
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Now is your big moment to shine and showcase your best-self; don’t let these critical mistakes ruin your chance!
3 Critical Interview Mistakes
#1 Professional Timekeeper: DO NOT BE LATE
If you aren’t a professional timekeeper, now is your time to become one. The biggest mistake you can make for your interview is to be late. If you haven’t heard the saying, “you’re on time if you’re early, and you’re late if you’re on time,” then now you have.
Keeping a recruiter or hiring manager waiting is not a good start. They’ve taken the time to schedule you in and have penciled you in most likely around other appointments, just to meet with you. This is already a sign that they are interested and look forward to speaking with you, don’t put their day behind or it wont leave a good impression.
If you are late, this starts the interview off on a negative foot and sets the tone for the rest of the interview. You may even become embarrassed and present yourself in a more nervous manner and rushed.
You should always make every effort in your power to be organized and on-time to your interview. Rule of thumb, be 10 minutes early. If you know you are going to be late, then call the recruiter or the person interviewing you to let them know in advance… but this should only be worst case scenario, not a standard practice.
#2 Being Unprepared
Would you take an exam without preparing? Okay, wrong question because I definitely have done this. Would you go to an interview without preparing? NO! The answer is no. Don’t let this be one of your interview mistakes.
Before your interview you should be researching the company and their public profile. One of the most basic questions to be asked in an interview will be based on your knowledge of what the business does – not just the role, but the business as a whole. With this being asked, your response is being evaluated to the tone of why you’re interested in working there and what drove you to apply.
Pro-tip: Don’t just recite facts from their website.
The business wants to know that you are excited and show enthusiasm for what the business stands for, and not just a paycheck. This can be a determining factor between you and someone else with the same skill-set on offer.
#3 Too Much Benefit Emphasis: Salary, Bonuses, Promotions
To be frank… salary, bonuses, and promotions should not be brought up in the first interview – especially by you. If you bring this up in the interview, especially the first interview, this sets the tone for the entire process that money is your ultimate deciding factor. Money should NOT be a deciding factor. You could end up in a role earning a lot of money, but absolutely hating life… it is a delicate balance.
If money is your deciding factor, well then you will need to learn a beautiful dance around this topic as you do not want the recruiter or hiring manager to sense this. Although you shouldn’t bring this up you still need to be prepared for this conversation for when it does arise.
If salary is brought up then you need to be prepared with a clear, concise answer. Do not blurt out a figure, rather let the hiring manager lead the dance. You don’t want to potentially undercut yourself or price yourself out. Curious about what the pay is for positions in your area? You can check this before your interview here.
Simple. Avoid these 3 critical interview mistakes for a fair chance at landing the job. If you’re still struggling be sure to check out our previous articles written about career and resumes to get you started. We know you can do it! Believe in yourself and your abilities and you will go far. Remember, if you didn’t get the job it doesn’t necessarily mean the interview was a failure… ask the recruiter or hiring manager for feedback. Then get right back out there!