By Heather Huhman
Landing an in-person interview can be a huge feat in itself, and in this tough job market, you don't want to blow it. You have most likely read all of the ways to ace an interview, but there are many common interview mistakes that can directly cost you the job.
In addition to John Sumser's post, 12 Ways To Blow Your Job Interview, I have included some more interview tendencies to avoid in order to place you on the best path for success. Just as there are many things to do and to ask in an interview, there are just as many, if not more, actions or responses that are sure to destroy your chances.
Slouching allows your body language to speak for your disinterest, nervousness, or lack of confidence. Your posture is extremely telling when it comes to determining your aura; and good posture is a direct expression of confidence. Stand and sit tall, roll your shoulders back, and be big during your interview.
2. Twirling, fidgeting, clicking.
Nerves can be the cause of many interview mishaps or tendencies that you do not usually uptake. Because your nerves can be the barrier between you and the open position, you need to make a point to abolish all nervous habits before stepping into an interview. Twirling your hair, fidgeting in your seat, or clicking your pen are all telling nervous habits and even worse -- distractions to the interviewer.
3. Saying 'no' when they ask if you have any questions.
Part of coming prepared to an interview is doing your research beforehand and coming up with questions that you would like to ask the interviewer about the company. There are many generic questions to ask such as, "What is a typical day like?" But, after your initial research and your discussion during the interview, you can and should ask genuine questions about the position and the company. Asking questions shows you are inquisitive and interested. Saying "no" is a sure way of showing your lack of interest.
4. Being a negative Nancy.
You may not realize during the interview process that interviewers are also taking note as to whether or not you would be a good fit within the company culture. Fellow, enjoyable employees can make an unexciting job much more bearable; therefore, during an interview you are being evaluated on whether or not you would be pleasant to work with. Avoid negative comments and a pessimistic attitude because people want to surround themselves with positivity throughout the workday.
5. Being a chatty Cathy.
The ability to keep a conversation going without the dreaded awkward silences is a great skill to have; but sometimes nerves can take this ability to the extreme. Talking a mile a minute is an annoyance and it hinders the productivity of the interview. Remember to take deep breaths and leave suitable pauses before and after making a statement. Allow the interviewer to get his or her word in to make for a constructive experience.
6. Forgetting your sales piece.
The main purpose of an interview is to sell yourself. If you forget to inform the interviewer as to why you make the best fit for the position, they will overlook you and your credentials. With every response, draw a direct correlation between your skills and the job requirements of the open position. You can do all of the preparation you want, but if you forget to sell yourself, you may blow a great opportunity.
A solid combination of practicing ways to ace an interview as well as being aware of the most common interview blunders to avoid is the best way to prepare. With a little confidence and releasing any nervous tension you may have, you'll be a polished interviewee.
Can you add any common interview mistakes to the list? Let us know below.
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