Interview Mistakes – If you have given a lot of interviews in your life, you are aware that passing an interview for a job is the toughest part. For some, passing an interview seems a lot of struggle than the actual work at the job. There are incredibly so many people who have been preparing well and giving interviews in multiple companies but still didn’t pass. Well, this article is exactly for those once! Here, you will learn some of the mistakes you made in your past interviews, which might result from your failure and teach you not to repeat them in your next one.
Before, moving forward here’s some tips for you:
- While attending an interview, make sure you are dressed and groomed well.
- Do deep research on the company or the role you are applying for before going to an interview.
- Think before saying anything you will regret after.
- Give them a reason to hire you and prove why you are better than other candidates.
Interview Mistakes – THINGS NOT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW
- Ask what will I be doing in this role.
Normally your chance to ask in an interview comes at the end. So if you ask about what I am supposed to do in the company, it seems idiotic. I mean, you just did your interview and spent a significant amount of time talking about what you’ll be doing. And be aware of the fact that you have already given a job description with line-to-line details about what you’ll do. And even still you ask such a question, it’ll make an interviewer wonder did you really do your research or just came to an interview. I would rather suggest framing a question in this way, “I would love to hear what a typical week looks like in this position?” or something like that. Just don’t be so straightforward.
- I can handle any situation.
Here don’t act like a hero. Don’t seem like you have never messed up a day in your life, or there’s never something that threw you up. You’re not always perfect, and there are going to be things that will mess you up. Now, don’t talk about that but also never claim you can handle anything and everything. Many people think it will help them secure a job directly or make them seem confident while claiming this. But it’s not what interviewers think.
- Ask about payment.
You are never going to talk about pay. They will talk about the salaries when they are ready to. So do your research on different websites like salary.com or glassdoor if you want. Most probably, the company won’t talk about the salaries until the very final interview round. So focus on clearing the rounds and have some patience.
- Speak negatively of the old bosses/ employees.
One thing you should always keep in mind is never to talk negatively about anything in your interviews. Let it be about your previous bosses, co-workers, or the whole job in general. You need to find ways to talk about different situations without actually throwing someone at the bus. The last thing an interviewer wants is you talking badly about the company or its employees in the future.
- I don’t know.
There’s always a better way to respond to the question you are unsure of than saying, “I don’t know.” Of course, you are not going to make things up by saying this. Buy yourself time by asking a glass of water or by asking the interviewer to repeat the question to clarify it. Don’t give an interviewer a cut-and-dry response. Rather, try to steer the conversation to what you know smoothly. I mean, anything is better than saying I don’t know directly.
- Talking as if you are doing the company a favor.
The next thing to keep in mind is never to be cocky. Just remember, there’s a very fine line between confidence and cockiness. You should not be bragging in front of your interviewers. Just be honest with what work you have actually done in the past. Sometimes it’s just your body language that makes you seem like you’re doing the company a favor. So practicing with another person is very important because sometimes you have no idea you are coming off this way.
- I don’t have all the experience you need.
Let the interviewer do their job to figure out if you’re qualified for the position. Saying you don’t have the experience is basically telling them you are not a good fit for the role and should not hire you. An interview is not the time to express doubts about your qualifications. Don’t downplay your strengths and plant the seed of doubts in the interviewer’s mind. Instead of drawing attention to your shortcomings, focus on selling values that you know that you would bring to the position.
- You need the job or act desperate.
Never be like, “I really need a job, it’s so important to me, please!” instead show enthusiasm. You can rather say, “I am so excited for this opportunity, and I think the job is a great fit for me.” Hiring managers are more likely to hire a person with enthusiasm and are passionate about the role with the right skill sets.
- It’s on my resume.
Yes, it is, but interviewers want to hear it from you. If you say so, it makes interviewers irritated, and there’s an uncomfortable silence in the room which spells the end of an interview. Saying this might make you look arrogant. Something is asked that is already on your resume because they want to expand what’s really in you.
- Blame answers on nerves.
If you’re nervous, it’s okay, no need to tell that to the interviewers out loud. They know you are. Sometimes people think they’re gonna be given more grace if they give an answer and then go, “Oh, sorry, I don’t know if that was okay, I’m just really nervous.” But that will probably make an interviewer doubt an answer they were okay with. Just show you are confident with whatever you say.
- I see myself sitting in your chair in the next 5 years.
You may be asked where do you see yourself in the next 5 years. So displaying confidence is a good thing, but you may come across as cut through or ruthless by saying this. Remember hiring managers are assessing you to know whether you fit well in a team. In other words, you must come across as likable and someone pleasant to work with.
- Someone recommended you.
You should never say, “so-and-so actually recommended me for this position, and that’s why I’m here.” If you were recommended, they already know, you don’t need to share that information. It kind of makes you seem like you think you’ve already got this job. This is just a formality because they recommended you. Just keep in mind that the recommendation got you in the interview room, but you need to pass it to get a job, so please don’t bring it up.
- How often will I be getting a vacation.
Never start your interview with questions as to what’s in it for me. I mean, you haven’t even got a job offer yet, and you’re asking for time off. Doing so will make you look self-serving. First and foremost, interviewers want to know what you got to offer them. So focusing on discussions like benefits and vacations too early on is a red flag for an interviewer. It shows your main concern is mainly about the benefits and is not about doing the best possible job.
- You have never used their product and not interested in the company.
Please don’t talk about you’ve never used the company’s product, watch their show, or visit their website. For example, if you’re going to work for Mc Donald’s, you have better eaten from Mc Donald’s that week so you can talk about it if you like it. So whatever it is about the company or the industry you’re applying for, make sure you have something to say about it. And even if you don’t like it, you must fake it until you make it.
- Talk about the competitor.
Okay, now, to avoid this mistake, you must do real research about the company or the industry. If you have an interview with a TV company and ask you what your favorite show on their network is, and you say a show name from literally a different network. Make sure this should be happening, or you will lose the opportunity to get a job straight away. So, next time you have an interview, focus on not making these mistakes that will come in a way between you and your dream job.
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