You only get one chance to make a first impression. Whether this is your first interview or your 50th, it’s important to keep in mind the red flags employers watch out for. Take note of the common interview mistakes listed below, and avoid making them at all cost.
The Goldilocks of Timing
Tardiness is obviously not acceptable in the interview process, but showing up too early is also a standard no-no. When it comes to arriving on time, shoot for 10 to 15 minutes prior to the appointment. Arriving at the appointment 30 minutes or more ahead of time can inconvenience employers and give the impression that you don’t prioritize well.
Cat Got Your Tongue
The interview process isn’t merely a game of question and answer. You should aim to have an honest, professional conversation with your future employer. Asking questions about the company proves that you’ve done your research and that you’re serious about the interview process.
XOXO Gossip Girl
Even if your last job mirrored a scene out of The Shining, don’t gossip about your last boss. Employers want to know that you’ve learned something from your career experiences. Rather than saying “micromanaging was a big problem at my last job” you can say “I’ve learned that I work best in an open communication environment.”
One is the Loneliest Number
One of the biggest red flags for employers is when the candidate cannot provide any professional references. If you aren’t able to provide a reference, employers will believe that there is something you’re trying to hide from them.
What’s In It For Me?
If an employer perceives that the candidate is only after the job for personal gain, then they are less likely to hire that candidate. Rather than asking about the benefit packages and the 401k, ask honest questions about the company’s practices and belief system.
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