If you’re in the market for a new job, you’re probably dreading going to job interviews. As a candidate for a position, making a good first impression is your key to getting the position. You can have a great resume and all of the necessary qualifications, but if you don’t do well in the interview, your odds of getting the job will be greatly diminished.
Read on to discover these 7 job interview mistakes so you can avoid making a faux pas that will cost you the job.
Giving The Wrong Answer To The Dreaded “Weakness” Question
This question is commonly used by interviewers to not only identify your weaknesses, but to also assess your attitude and check your ego. If you’re too confident in your abilities or can’t find a weakness with yourself, you may not be a team player.
Forget the old advice to pick out a weakness and turn it into a strength. Instead, choose an actual weakness and explain how you’re working to correct it. Of course, if being chronically late is your weakness, you may want to pick something a little less irritating for a potential employer.
Not Researching The Company Before The Interview
You don’t have to spend hours going over the financial records of the company you’ll be interviewing at, but it’s important to know what they do and the basic information about the company. Learn their mission statement and be sure you fall in line with their vision for the company.
Go over the job description a few times to make sure you present yourself as the perfect fit for the position they’re looking to hire.
Dressing The Wrong Way
Even though the job may only require casual attire, you should still dress professionally for the interview. Being overdressed is always better than being underdressed, so skip the flip flops and opt for the suit.
Dressing up for a job interview shows that you care enough to take the time to look good for them. During a job interview you’re presenting your brand, so be sure to properly represent your brand, because if you’re hired, you’ll be representing theirs.
Not Having A Question Ready At The End Of The Interview
Almost every interview ends with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. If your answer is no, you’ll seem uninterested, unintelligent and completely unprepared.
Have a few questions ready about the company and if all of your questions are answered during the interview, fall back on the, “What makes your company a great place to work for?”
Having A Public Social Media Profile
Set your social media profiles to private while you’re job hunting. Odds are that your prospective employer will check up on your Facebook and if they find pictures of you drinking or partying, they may not want to hire you.
Likewise, if your recent status updates are bashing on your current (or former) employer, that can be another red flag. It’s better to just set all of your social media profiles to private and to not put questionable content on it in the first place.
This goes for Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter too. If you think they can’t find you since you don’t put your name on your profiles, think again. Your employer can find you by the email address on your resume too.
Not Being Frank About Your Salary Requirements
If the salary for the position is negotiable, your prospective employer may ask what your salary requirements are. Rather than sweating and squirming, answer honestly.
Know the median salary for the job by searching online and use that information to your advantage. Present your request in a positive way, like by saying, “I know that Y amount is typical for this position at most companies and I’d be comfortable in that range.”
Being Negative About Your Current Or Past Employers
Regardless of why you’re looking for a new position or why you left your old position, it’s important to never say a negative thing about your previous position. The reason is that your new prospective employer won’t want you speaking negatively of them in the future and those who rant and rave about their old bosses come across as childish and disloyal.
Treat any past employment you’ve had as a learning experience and be grateful you were hired in the first place.