Job interviews are high-stress environments. It’s easy to make mistakes in those situations. If you’re aware of these four major errors, it’s less likely that you’ll make them during the interview.
My daughter is about to graduate from graduate school with a master’s in customer insights/marketing. We’ve been having a lot of conversations about resumes, job search, and interviewing as she looks for a job (by the way, if you’re hiring someone in branding/marketing/customer insights, I know a candidate… email me…). I sent her the below article to share some thoughts on mistakes she should avoid during this process. I hope you’ll find these suggestions helpful too.
I know many of you who read this blog are also out there in the job market. If you’re lucky enough to land an interview during these tough economic times, don’t blow it with a moron moment.
I’ve interviewed (and been interviewed) hundreds of times. Some went fantastic. Others made me cringe. Remember, in times like these, an employer is looking for ANY reason, no matter how small, to knock a candidate out of the running. They can afford to be extremely choosy as they seek out the highest caliber talent.
Much like my prior posts on how not to be stupid and lazy, how to avoid one major interview landmine, and really understanding the role of your resume, this post will focus on helping you avoid classic mistakes I’ve actually seen first-hand during interviews.
Here goes: 4 job offer-killing interview mistakes…
Mistake 1: Your Watch
Not looking at your watch can kill your chances. Looking at it can kill them too.
If you’re late for an interview with me, you’ve got one shot to rescue your interview. That explanation better include traffic accidents, exploding cars, and emergency room trips. If you’re late just because “it took you longer than you thought to find the place” we’re done. Be fully cognizant of drive times. Factor in a huge buffer. Being late is being disrespectful. It makes me wonder what you’ll be like if you work for me.
Your watch can kill an interview too. If you look at it so much as once during an interview, we’re probably done. It’s not your job to keep the interview on time – it’s the interviewer’s. That one glance at a watch signals “I’ve gotta be somewhere else” and that you’re disinterested in the conversation. Thanks for playing. Bye bye. Interview over. Remember – being with that interviewer is the most important thing in your life at that moment (in theory). Signaling otherwise craters your chances of landing the job.
Mistake 2: Your Phone