So, you’ve landed an interview for your dream job. Congratulations!
Before you start imagining your new corner office, though, let’s talk about a few ways you can completely sabotage your chances. (Hint: We’re hoping you’ll do the exact opposite.)
1. Show Up Late or Without a Copy of Your Résumé
The Mistake: Nothing screams “I’m not serious about this job” like strolling in 15 minutes late with a sheepish grin. And if you’ve forgotten your résumé? Well, that’s just the cherry on top of your “not-hired” sundae.
The Fix: Always aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early. It shows punctuality and respect for the interviewer’s time. And always, always bring multiple copies of your résumé. You never know who might pop in for a surprise panel interview!
2. Don’t Make Eye Contact or Indicate You’re Actively Listening
The Mistake: Avoiding eye contact can come off as disinterest or even dishonesty. And if you’re not nodding or giving verbal cues that you’re engaged? It might seem like you’re daydreaming about your lunch plans.
The Fix: Make regular (but not creepy) eye contact. It shows confidence and attentiveness. Practice active listening by nodding, repeating back key points, and asking clarifying questions. This shows you’re not only engaged but also that you’re genuinely interested in understanding the role and company.
3. Don’t Come Prepared with Questions
The Mistake: Wrapping up an interview with a blank stare when asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” is a missed opportunity. It can signal a lack of preparation or – even worse – a lack of interest.
The Fix: Always come prepared with detailed questions. This indicates you’ve done your research and are keen to understand more about the company culture, role expectations, and growth opportunities. Questions like “What does success look like in this role?” or “How does the company support professional development?” can set you apart from other candidates.
Don’t Blow It…You’ve Got This!
The truth is, interviews are a two-way street. They’re as much about you evaluating the company as they are about the company evaluating you. So, show up prepared, engaged, and ready to shine. And remember, even if you do make a mistake, it’s all a learning experience. Here’s to acing your next interview! 🥂
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