Have you ever had that sinking feeling that you just blew the interview? Well, there are some objective ways to know whether or not you have actually done just that. There are some surefire ways to kill your chances of making a positive impression on interviewers and making sure that your candidacy is not likely to go any further.
Read on to find out what they are.
1) Show up late. This is not necessarily the kiss of death, but it can be. Now that virtually everyone has a GPS and/or smartphone with Google Maps, it is a lot harder to justify showing up for an interview late. That is especially true if you are noticeably late (i.e., 15 minutes or more).
2) Call the interviewer the wrong name. This is a definite no-no. You should try your best to learn the interviewer’s name before the interview and then use it appropriately throughout the interview. Most people take their names pretty seriously, so make sure you don’t commit this faux pas.
3) Forget to turn off the ringer on your cell phone. This is too easy to do. You may be so intent on getting to the interview on time and thinking about how you will answer the questions that you forget that your cell phone may ring at a very inopportune time. You may need to put turning off the ringer on your list of things to do before you enter the employer’s building.
4) Don’t research the company. This is inexcusable. With all the information available on the Internet, there is no good reason not to do your research ahead of time. If you go into an interview not knowing anything about the company, it is a good indication that you are not really interested in that organization.
5) Don’t practice commonly asked interview questions. Although you won’t know exactly which questions you will be asked by your interviewer, you should make a real effort to study the most commonly asked interview questions and be prepared to answer them. You can easily find a list of such questions on the Internet.
6) Neglect to establish rapport with the interviewer. This is another no-no. The employer has already established that you are qualified for the job by reviewing your resume. The interview then is mostly about fit. If you do not establish rapport with the interviewer, you have not demonstrated that you are a good fit for the organization.
7) Ignore the input of the receptionist. It is easy for job seekers to ignore the fact that they are being evaluated even in the waiting area. Most people would never think of the receptionist being an interviewer, but it’s true. It’s fairly common that the receptionist will report back to the hiring manager how candidates behaved in the waiting area. Don’t be remembered as the one who ate all the candy out of the candy dish or spoke disrespectfully to the receptionist.
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