When it comes time to start interviewing for the job of your dreams it can be totally intimidating. Knowing the fate of your career relies on how well you can talk about yourself and your skills to a vital individual can really run you for a loop.
Sometimes you leave an interview thinking you did absolutely fantastic and other times you know you bombed it. Not every interview is going to be your best, but knowing what not to say is crucial for ensuring your interview will run much smoother than you thought.
Here are 10 things you should stop doing while in an interview to help you better your chances at getting hired for your dream job.
Going From Confident To Concided
The most important thing to do during an interview shows how confident you are in yourself. From knowing you’re good at what you do to explaining to the company you are the perfect candidate for them. However, be careful about how confident you are because it can go too far very fast.
If you find yourself being a little too confident, take a step back. The employer wants to know you are just what they’re looking for but they don’t want to have to deal with a pre-Madonna either. It’s super cliche but be the best version of yourself every time you walk into an interview.
Not Doing Any Company Research
When you are interviewing for a job, the company wants to know that you did your research before the interview. This means researching the company inside and out. It shows you really took the time to prepare for this moment and are passionate about the company.
Avoid the mistake of not researching the company well enough to save yourself from embarrassment and from an immediate no from the company. It’s as easy as researching their website and Googling the company to find out everything you need to know.
Also, look up “Interview questions asked during *insert company* interviews.” It’s a great way to find some of the questions they might ask during your interview.
Pretending Like You’re Perfect
In an interview, they will almost always ask you, what are your weakest characteristics. People want to see how you can evaluate yourself and own up to any flaws. Of course, you don’t want to tell them you procrastinate, or you’re always late, but the worst thing you can say is, “I don’t have any.”
This tells your potential employer that you’re stuck up and can’t see past your own perfectionism. Own up to your flaws and tell them how you will improve and do your best to not let them interfere with your work.
Talking Crap About Your Old Boss
No matter if you left your old job because you were ready to move on or if you had some beef with some co-workers, don’t bring any work drama into your interview. No interviewer wants to hear about how you didn’t get along with your boss, it’s totally unprofessional.
If that is the reason, you left all you have to say is, “I felt like it was my time to go, I enjoyed the experiences I had, but I wanted a change of pace and felt I could better apply myself at a different job.” It shows you are professional and have the drive to always be a better version of yourself.
Bringing A Friend
It’s always nice to have a friend be with you during a nerve-wracking time, but bringing them to an interview is a big no-no. Bringing a friend to an interview makes you look very unprofessional and makes them think you’re not an independent person.
If you need some friendly advice or just someone to calm you down, shoot them a text or give them a call if you are in the right situation. Your friends will be able to help you just as much as they would if they were there.
You could even ask them to drop you off or pick you up, so you have someone to talk to right before or after the interview is over.
Not Asking Any Questions
After your interview is done, the interviewer will most likely ask you if you have any questions. This gives you the opportunity to ask them anything from questions about the company or even as simple as when should I expect to hear from you again.
Asking even just one question shows that you are able to think quick on your feet and also shows your interest. Even if you don’t have any questions at that time, you can say, “I don’t have any at the moment but if I think of one who can I call?” This is always better than not asking anything at all.
Lying About Connections
In this day and age getting a job can be a lot about who you know. Connections can come in handy at any time in your life and really help you get one step closer to your dream job.
However, don’t start throwing around names just because you’ve met them at a bar once or they are a friend of a friend. If you feel like you have any sort of connections, talk to that person first. Make sure you get an OK to use them as a connection before ever bringing up their name.
Being Rude To Any Employee
Your nerves are high when you first walk into an interview, and that’s completely normal. You might be in the zone and ready to kill your interview but make sure it doesn’t come across as rude.
No matter if it’s a receptionist telling you where to wait or someone walking you to your interview, always be on your best behavior. You don’t want to be rude to someone and then later realize they are one of the most important people responsible for hiring you.
Not Showing Your Gratitude
After your interview is all said and done the worst thing you can do is not thank everyone who was involved. It seems like such a small step, but it is crucial to leave a good impression of yourself.
You don’t have to be over the top and thank them 100 times, but to at least thank every person who was a part of your interview process will show that you appreciate them taking time out of their day to interview you and leave a good taste in their mouth after it’s all over.
Following Up Way Too Frequently
After an interview, you’re eager to find out if you got the job or not, it’s totally normal. Sending a quick follow up email thanking your interviewer for their time is completely acceptable, it shows you’re polite and how much you want the job. However, sending more than one or two follow up emails can be a bit excessive.
Sometimes the company gets busy, or they have more people to interview before they make the final decision. Instead of blowing up their emails and leaving voicemails, wait it out. It can be frustrating, but it’s better than being annoying.