“Winning in Interviews” is the stepping stone to a dream job & a launching pad for a successful career. The passport to get “the” interview call will be determined by the quality of your CV and the way you answer in your interview.
For being successful in interviews, you need to articulately answer various interview questions which can range from the typical questions to competency-based, personality, tough & tricky questions. The success in an interview will be determined by the way you brand & project yourself.
As per my analysis, here are the top 10 interview blunders:
- Not Preparing Enough:- Not being able to adequately answer the questions “Tell me about yourself” might just end your quest with this employer. If your response starts with your family and their life, where you grew up or what your hobbies are, then you have probably lost the 1st round with the interviewer. I will dwell on the answer in my next blog. Likewise, if your answer to “What do you know about this company?” is average, then the interviewer has already made up his/her mind not to hire you. Background information including company history, locations, work culture, products/services, and the clients are available on most company websites. Study them ahead of time, print them out, and read them over just before your interview to brush up on your memory.
- Not Dressing Appropriately:-Dressing inappropriately can work both ways. Pick the outfit according to the position you’re applying for. In case you are not sure what to wear, visit the organization or similar Companies and observe employees coming in and out of the office to see what they’re wearing.
- Poor Communication Skills:-It’s important to communicate well with everyone you meet in your quest for employment. It is significant that you positively connect with HR, the hiring manager, and the interview panel. Shake hands, make eye contact, show confidence, and wisely answer the introductory questions. The interviewer as of now will feel good that you simply are an excellent match for this position – even before you answer the interview questions.
- Answering the phone during an interview:-Shockingly, a recent candidate, who, anyways, didn’t get the job, didn’t hesitate to answer his mobile phone when it rang while attending the interview. Leave your mobile behind or at least switch it off before you enter the campus. Just concentrate on yourself, your resume, your job application, and your list of references.
- Talking Too Much:-There is nothing more regrettable than interviewing someone who goes on and on and on… The interviewer doesn’t really need to know your whole biography. Keep your answers brief, to-the-point, and focused, and don’t beat around the bush- answer the question directly.
- Not Talking Enough:- It’s really difficult to communicate with someone who answers every question in a word or two. I think back to a couple of interviews where I felt like I was pulling their teeth to get answers from them. It wasn’t enjoyable. Even though you’re not supposed to talk too much, you do have to be responsive and completely answer the question as best as you can.
- Unclear Facts:-Even though you have submitted a resume while applying for the job, you might be asked to fill out a job application. Make sure that you know all the information needed to complete the application including dates of graduation, prior employment, and employer contact information. If the resume and job application facts are not matching, then certainly it is a curtain.
- Giving the Wrong Answer:-Make sure that you pay attention to the question and take a moment before answering to gather your thoughts. Like the following candidate, you’ll knock yourself out of the competition if you give the wrong answer. The interviewer had explained the sales and marketing position to the fresher who applied for the job. He stressed that cold calling and prospecting were the most important skills and experiences required for the job. The candidate answered the question stating what he does not like about sales, with the following words: “I hate to do cold calling and calls for lead generation, and I’m not great with it.” This reply made sure that he is unlikely to get the job!
- Badmouthing Past Employers:-Was your ex-boss was an xxx? There was no teamwork and none were ready to assist. The Company just did not care about your situation? You hated your job and were waiting to quit? Even if it’s true don’t say it out. I cringed when I heard a candidate ranting about the previous organization he worked for. That organization happened to be one of our esteemed clients and, of course, I wasn’t planning on hiring someone who felt that way about the organization and everyone who worked there. Be heedful of what you speak about your past employer.
- Not Following Up:- Worried that you didn’t make the greatest impression? Confident that you aced the interview? Either way, make sure you follow up with a thank-you note reaffirming your interest in the position and the organization.