Interviews are something we have been trained for all our collaging. It is what would fetch a good place in a good company. Having a good resume, making yourself presentable, having the right qualifications, having the best attitude is all a must. In spite of having all this, we all tend to make some mistakes that will turn the interview upside down. Here are a few that you should be cautious of and never commit in an interview.
1) Trash talking about your current company or your employer
We might have faced so many hardships in the current company we work for. The hardships and whatever you say about the employer and the company might be true. But it will demote your character and put a negative light on you. The interviewer will assume you would do the same for their company as well. Hence, keeping things subtle and conveying your hardships in a calm and composed manner is the way to go.
2) Go for ‘we’ instead of ‘I’
The interviewer is well aware that a project is run by a team of employees and not just by yourself and hence it is important that you emphasize all your team accomplishments quoting a ‘we’. This will give a good down to earth impression on you. But do not forget to mention your role and your efforts in the project separately.
3) Not utilizing your opportunity to pose a question to the interviewer
Once the interview is over, the interviewer will give you a chance to ask him a question. Most of the time the candidates will not use this chance and end the interview by saying “No, I’m good, you have answered all the questions”. Sometimes this will put a laid back image over you. Hence, come up with a question to shoot, though you have asked everything. Think of something on the spot and ask the interviewer.
4) Don’t be demotivated if you don’t have any experience
It is understood if you have just completed your degree and don’t have any experience and you feel low about yourself amidst the experienced candidates. You can always get creative. Share your knowledge and experience you had in your life regarding the role you have applied for. For example planning and managing events in the college.
5) Not knowing about the company you have applied for
Before attending an interview it is a must to do a little research about the company and knows a few details about them. What they are actually doing and the projects they are working on. This will create a good impression about you in the employer and how much interested you are in getting into the company.
6) Lie on your resume & interview
Lying about your skills and any accolades on your resume or even bragging about them in the interview will lead you into trouble. If the lie is exposed, saving a face before the interviewer is very hard. It will put a bad image on you.
7) Not being punctual
Being punctual is being on time and not being late as well as not being early. Being late will waste your time as well as the person you’re meeting. Being early shows how unoccupied you are and not goal-oriented.
8) Not carrying your resume along
Though you have submitted your resume while applying for the job. It is always good to be prepared and carry one around. Just in case the interviewer asks for it.
These are a few common blunders even the fittest and eligible candidates tend to do.