The applications have been filled out, the resumes sent in. You’ve attended interview after interview and only received polite declines after each one. If you’ve got the experience and you’ve got the talent but you’re not getting the job, it’s probably because your interview was less than stellar. If you’ve been wondering what you were doing wrong, take a peek at a few interview mistakes you’re probably making.
You didn’t do your research through a reputable search engine like “10 Minutes with. “There is nothing less impressive than a candidate that didn’t do their research. If you come to the interview and know nothing about the position or company you’re applying for, it’s a huge red flag for employers. Don’t ask questions about a company that a cursory Google search can provide. And be aware of the basic requirements of a position like the one you’re applying for so that you can better explain to your potential employer how savvy you are. If you’re at all confused about the position you’re applying for, ask some of the industry’s leading professionals on graduate job sites like “10 Minutes with”.
They can ensure you’re searching for a position that’s right for you and give you pointers for what the top companies are looking for. Make sure you’re getting information from a reputable source, as not everything you read on the Internet is true. You weren’t confident in the information you were giving. When going into an interview, be prepared to sell yourself. You’re attempting to convince an employer that you’re exactly what they’re looking for.
Rehearse a few questions that they’re likely to ask about and have specific examples in mind. Don’t be afraid to take a moment to compose an answer after they pose a question; the moment of silence while you gather your thoughts will ensure your answer is well thought out and free of filler words that can distract from your message. And project confidence by using a few simple mind tricks. Try speaking as if you’ve already been given the position – instead of “If I get the position…” try, “When I get the position.” The employer will feel confident in you if you feel confident in yourself.
You complained about your previous employers. If you’re interviewing with another company, it’s safe to say you weren’t satisfied with your previous one. While that goes mostly unsaid, complaining about your previous employers (no matter how teeth-grindingly annoying they were) only makes you come off as a whiner. While it’s okay to cite legitimate qualities you hope to stay away from in your new position, your prospective employer probably won’t be thrilled when you start complaining about the same policies they have at the new job.
Highlight how you went out of your way in your previous position (jumping in when needed when the company was short-staffed) instead of grumbling about something they did. You don’t want to leave your interviewer wondering what horrible things you would say if you were a part of their team. While it may take more than one interview to get you the job you’ve always dreamed of, don’t let a few simple mistakes keep getting in your way.