An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. People chosen to appear for an interview are usually very close to acquiring the job position. That’s why having a successful interview can be so important — it is a make-or-break situation. This post will highlight four aspects of the interview process where most people go wrong.
1. Being Unprepared
It’s important to be prepared and expect questions interviewers will throw at their potential employees. Almost always, employers will ask questions about previous work experience and accomplishments.
However, many people forget to prepare to answer knowledge-based questions about the company itself. Most employers will expect you to have a basic understanding of the company and what it does. If your research is above and beyond the rest of the competition, it can demonstrate your research skills and, more importantly, help you build a case as an asset to the company.
2. Speaking Too Much
During an interview, there is sometimes a tendency to speak as much as possible to get all the information out. Resist this temptation. All the relevant information about your qualifications will be on the resume, so you should keep your time speaking both short and brief.
Answering questions effectively and concisely shows confidence and restraint, which reflect your positive traits better than excessive chatter.
3. Body Language and Appearance
Appearances and body language matter. Making a good first impression can set the tone for the interview and make a lasting impression on potential interviewers. Some people tend to overdress for the position they are applying for, which can strike some employers as odd.
Dress appropriately for the job and above all else — be positive. Nothing reflects better on your personality and appearance than a charming disposition and optimistic outlook.
4. Appearing Too Rehearsed
A common mistake is to rehearse lines and qualifications. In an attempt to act prepared for the interview, many people end up sounding robotic and generic.
Remember to use casual language and answer questions politely without repeating terms straight from your resume. Employers want to hear about your story, so it’s better to speak casually while explaining what you hope to gain from the new position and how you can help the company in return.
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