We all know that an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. The pressure to make the right impression and say the right things are hard enough without having to worry about what not to do during your interview.
In this blog post, I will share with you some of my best tips for getting through an interview without making any mistakes!
You only get one opportunity to make a positive first impression on your potential employer.
Don’t do the following things if you want to create a great first impression with your interviewer.
- Slouch or have bad posture
- Be overconfident or rude.
- Be shy or nervous
- Fidgeting with pen
- Playing with your hair.
- Fold your arms
- Look distracted or bored.
- Dress casually
- Be late or look at the time.
- Show negativity
- Talk too much unnecessarily.
- Talk about money until asked about
- Be too familiar or formal with the interviewer.
- Smell bad or wear perfume/aftershave
- Have a cold sore on your lip
- Don’t chew gum during an interview.
- Don’t wear too much makeup or jewelry.
- Don’t bring your cell phone into the interview room with you.
- Do not ask questions that are already answered in the job description or on their website. Do research beforehand, so you can come up to speed during the interview and show genuine interest in learning about this position by asking them interesting questions.
- Be prepared and do your research before the interview – it will put you in a better position to ask intelligent questions, impress them with how much you know about their company or industry, show that you can think on your feet by asking relevant follow-up questions, as well as avoid making any mistakes during the course of the interview process!
Now let’s look at some of the tips, which can help you create a great first impression in an interview:
- Dress professionally and be well-groomed.
- Make sure you’re dressed in a style that’s appropriate for the company culture.
- Be punctual, but not so early; it looks like you don’t know how to manage your time.
- Come prepared with questions about the role or company (this shows interest).
- Show enthusiasm by using your interviewer’s name to engage them in conversation.
- Offer a firm handshake when you meet your interviewer (avoid the limp fish).
- Make eye contact, smile, and listen carefully to what is being said during the interview process.
- Don’t interrupt or talk over your interviewer while they are asking questions.
- Ask questions about the role that shows interest in both company and the position.
- Don’t be too familiar or formal with your interviewer, as this can make you seem like a snob.
- Be concise and answer questions directly – don’t give vague answers!
So there you have it! Now, go out there and ace your next interview with these tips in mind.