Going in for an important interview is as nerve-wracking as it gets. Even the most prepared individuals aren’t exempt from feeling anxious.
A lot of the time we’re too focused on nailing down certain questions, that we neglect other parts of the interview process. These are the common mistakes you have to look out for in any important interview.
Going in Unprepared Is Always a Bad Move
Do your research ahead of time. Last thing you want to do is walk into an interview and appear like you have no idea what you’re doing. Doesn’t exactly scream “hire me” does it?
Look up info about the company and demonstrate that you clearly understand the expectations of the position you’re applying for.
Also take some time to practice a mock interview. Consider some questions that may be asked of you in the interview and brainstorm responses. Test it out on friends and family to get some feedback on your answers and to practice speaking in front of a group.
Being Timid or Shy Is Not Going to Win You Favors
This one is a little bit harder to control but it’s important nonetheless. If you show up to an interview and appear timid or shy, it won’t make a great impression on the other people that are conducting the interview.
This is especially important when job positions explicitly state that they’re looking for candidates that are outgoing, confident, etc. Not matching this kind of attitude immediately puts you at a disadvantage and makes you appear unfit for the job.
Even though it’s hard, you really need to make an effort to hide all your nervous energy and channel it into focusing on the task at hand.
Showing Up Late….Are You Kidding Me?
Showing up late to an important interview is a big no-no. Being tardy to an interview makes you look irresponsible and makes you appear like you’re not taking the interview seriously.
It’s also disrespectful to the people who are agreeing to the interview because it takes time away from their busy schedules and makes you appear ungrateful for the opportunity.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to reach the location where the interview will be held. If you have time, be sure to set up a trial run and commute to the spot to see how long it will take you, if there are alternative routes, etc. And if you show up early so what. Wait in a local coffee shop and go over some more interview questions while you wait. This is give you some time to relax and be better prepared.
Wearing the Wrong Attire Can Leave a Bad Impression
You’re not just going to be judged on what you say or do in an important interview. Your appearance and body language also plays a major role in your chances of landing the job.
No matter what job you are applying for, you want to make sure that you are wearing appropriate business attire. This makes you look competent and may even give you the boost of confidence you were looking for.
Avoid wearing clothes that are too casual, that don’t fit properly, or that are strained or damaged. Also in terms of body language try not to fidget or slouch. Be confident, relaxed, and sit up straight in your chair. This will make you look much more capable.
Not Doing a Follow-Up Interview or Thank You
So the interview is over and you think you’re home free right? Wrong. There’s still a lot of work to be done after the interview is over. The post interview process is just as important as your behavior in the interview.
After the interview, it’s common for candidates to send a thank you note and demonstrate that you were grateful for the opportunity, etc.
This shows a great level of professionalism and will keep you in the minds of the people that interviewed you.
It is important to always be prepared, be bold, answer questions in a way that meets interviewee expectations, and portray suitable behavior. Making the necessary followup after an important interview also pays off and increases your chances of getting the job.
Arriving to the interview on time and in the proper dress code also show a certain level of commitment. Be sure to keep all of these things in mind for your next important interview and you’ll be sure to land a job in no time. Best of luck!