Selling yourself to a potential employer can be a daunting endeavor. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to overcome feelings of anxiety and self-doubt. In addition to planning the positive aspects of your interview, it's important that you also consider common errors so that you don't make them. Here are 10 of the biggest job interview blunders.
1. Poor Clothing Choice
First impressions matter. Think about the position you're seeking, and dress the part. If you're applying for an outdoor landscaping position, a suit and tie might not be necessary. If you're seeking an office position, find a balance between business casual and formal attire. Don't sacrifice comfort for style. You're better off being cool and comfortable in a polo shirt than sweating in a full suit.
2. Forgetting What's On Your Resume
The hiring manager is going to ask you about your resume during the job interview. Make sure you know exactly what it says. From the dates you were employed to your typical tasks and duties, spend some time brushing up so you're never caught without an answer.
3. Poor Eye Contact
When seeking employment, sometimes small details can make a big difference. Eye contact is a factor that can make or break you during a job interview. After all, maintaining good eye contact lets others know you're attentive and confident.
4. Checking Your Phone
One of the worst mistakes you can make during a job interview is to take a call or check a text. Put your phone on silent before walking into the building, and don't touch your phone until you've left.
5. Displaying Arrogance
There's a fine line between being confident and arrogant. You want to sell yourself and be proud of your achievements, but you don't want to come off as haughty. Be humble but truthful. Recognize the value you bring to the organization, and stick to the facts.
You might be tempted to fabricate the truth when you're trying to stand out from the crowd. Don't do it. Even if you're not fact-checked during the job interview, there's a strong probability that even a little white lie will come back to haunt you eventually.
7. Being Overly Professional
When seeking employment, it's critical that you present yourself as a professional, but it's possible to go too far. The person interviewing you is a human, so don't be afraid to smile and be genuine.
8. Poor Posture
Again, little details can reflect poorly on you. Don't slouch in your seat or fidget. Avoid crossing your arms and tapping your feet. Maintain an air of calm alertness.
9. Failing to Learn About the Organization
Whether you have years of experience or you're starting a brand new career, your skills alone aren't enough to get you the job. Hiring managers want people who fit into the company's culture. Learn the ins and outs of the company to ensure you're prepared to answer questions about the organization.
10. Putting On a Show
Be yourself. Experienced hiring managers can recognize authenticity, so never pretend to be someone you're not.
Try to learn as much as possible from each job interview you attend. Do your best to avoid these blunders to increase your chance of getting hired.
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