Attending interviews can be a scary process and it takes a lot of experience to get it right. But it’s not possible to wait until we gain ample experience to nail the process. That’s why we’ve made a list of 5 Interview Mistakes Labourers make. Read this article to ensure that you’re aware of these mistakes and avoid them during the interview.
Mistake 1: Not Preparing for the Interview
“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Many candidates attend interviews completely unprepared and this creates a bad impression as the interviewer is forced to conclude that the candidate isn’t serious about the job.
So, how should one prepare for an interview?
- Research the company and read their job description again
- Prepare to answer how you’ll fulfill their job requirements
- Look up the most asked interview questions and prepare answers for them.
Mistake 2: Arriving Late for the Interview
“It’s difficult to prove yourself reliable when people are required to wait for you.”
Arrive at the interview fifteen minutes earlier so that you clear any security checks beforehand and make it on time for the interview.
If possible, make a trip to the venue beforehand to get an estimate of the traffic and map out a clear route.
Arriving late shows that the worker doesn’t value the time of the company. And this creates grounds for rejection as the company cannot expect the worker to stick to a deadline.
Mistake 3: Talking too much
“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
Many candidates have the habit of getting carried away during a conversation. This causes them to give an inadequate answer to the questions asked.
To avoid this, record your answers to a few questions beforehand and ask a friend to analyse it. If they can’t convey what you tried to convey, you must tweak your answers to keep them brief but impactful.
Mistake 4: Getting too personal
Interviewers appreciate candor and a personal touch to your story as long as it’s brief and you don’t blame anyone.
What do we mean by this?
Let’s say that you were laid off from your previous job. When the interviewer asks why you’re switching, stick to a brief answer like:
“Unfortunately, COVID hit us hard and a lot of us, including me, were laid off.”
If you were laid off because of disagreements in your workplace, be as diplomatic as possible. Explain the conflict briefly and the steps that you took to resolve the situation without ranting about your boss.
Mistake 5: Not having the right body language
Body language speaks louder than words. Have a relaxed attitude when you’re facing the interviewer.
Don’t slouch, appear too laidback, smile a little, and use your hands to convey your point.
If you’re not sure how to nail the body language, try to imitate the body language of the interviewer.
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