When you are doing a job research, getting an interview is the opportunity you are looking for. It is the time where you can show your strengths and proof that you eligible for that position. However, there are some common mistakes that you should avoid in a job interview if you want to be selected.
Arriving late to your interview
If you want to make a good impression with the company, don’t be late. You should arrive at least 15 minutes earlier to avoid inconveniences such as finding the place where the interview will take place or delays in the public transport. Being punctual says lots about you and it will show your interest and commitment to your possible new position.
Choosing the wrong outfit
The image you project is important: choosing the right clothes for your interview is essential to give a good impression about yourself. Although every company is different -and some dress codes are more flexible than others- it is preferable to look smart rather than casual. Some companies specify this point beforehand but if you have any doubts, pick your smart shoes before your trainers.
Talking about money and job conditions too soon
Don’t mention money or job conditions in the interview, especially if your interviewers don’t bring it to the table first. It would look like you are more interested in that than in the actual position. If you want to find out about this, you should wait until you are in the last stages of the recruitment process.
Not being well prepared for your interview
Do you know something about the company you are interviewing for? You should do some research about them: find out what kind of company they are, what they do, how big it is, if they have any other locations nationally or internationally… Be especially ready for the position you are applying: read the job description very well, so you will get an idea about what kind of person they are looking for and you will be able to anticipate their questions.
Lying about your work experience
There is no point in saying that you have more experience than you actually do. Your interviewers will probably find out if you are telling the truth with specific questions or a reference check. Don’t embarrass yourself: be honest about your experience and your background. Most of the time, attitude is more important than a brilliant CV.
Talking too much about yourself
The interviewers will ask about yourself and your experience, so it is important you act naturally. However, you should be careful with how much information you share with them. Being friendly could be ok (it always depends on the context of the interview though) but talking too much about yourself is unnecessary and it can make you look vain.
Not having any questions
When doing an interview, you should ask questions about the role and the company. This attitude will show your interest about the position you are applying to. If you are unsure about this point and you would like to be ready before your meeting, you can prepare a bunch of generic questions that you can actually use for future interviews for other roles.
In our programme Skills for Success we teach you how to prepare and behave in an interview, among other relevant topics like improving your CV, speaking in public or negotiation at work. Besides, you will have the opportunity to do an internship in London!