01 Oct The Top 7 Common Mistakes To Avoid in an Interview
Let’s be honest… Job interviews are nerve racking no matter who you are! By the time you get home, your already listing in your head what you could have done better or things you wish you hadn’t of said or should of said. Let this article help you to avoid the top 7 mistakes employers catch up on in interviews.
- Eye Contact: You can tell anyone’s feelings and emotions all through eye contact. Lack of eye contact during an interview can indicate a few things including signs of discomfort, insecurity or even dishonesty which is the last thing you want to come across as. However, holding strong eye contact when being interviewed shows the opposite. This will show you are comfortable and confident in the answers you are giving.
- Knowledge: Going to an interview unprepared and knowing little or nothing is a big no no. The question on how much you know about the business will always come up during the last stages of the interview. Showing you have researched the company shows you haven an active interest in what the companies stakeholders want to achieve. You gain an insight into the company’s core values and current market strategies.
- Smile: A genuine smile gives the employer an insight into all the best parts of your personality. Believe it or not but a smile can show a lot. It shows confidence, instils trust and convinces those around you that you are approachable and open. It has been prove that it only takes a smile to create a huge positive effect on how the employer feels about you.
- Dress: Keep away from those bright colours! Grab yourself something smart which makes you feel like the part. If you feel $10000 then you’ll come across with confidence. Statistics show that 55% of first impressions are shown by the way you dress and act as you walk through the door!
- Posture: Your posture is a good indication on how you carry yourself. If you are sat slumped over with a poor posture, it will come across as lack of confidence, interest and can also come across generally rude. If you sit up straight with a good posture it will also encourage you to look directly into the interviewer’s eyes when speaking.
- Handshake: A firm handshake is the first thing you should give your employer. A strong hold shows confidence. Most employers say a weak handshake gives a poor reflection on you and may come across as unreliable or even untrustworthy.
- Showing Off: Employees are rarely impressed with outrageous claims or displays of egos. It’s great if you are proud in what you have achieved but there is a difference in showing off and actually presenting your skills and recent responsibilities. Instead of stating your skills, show them using actionable words and proof to back them up.