Job Interview: What Not to Do

Everyone puts their best foot forward during a job interview. However, when putting your best foot forward, it is important not to put your foot in your mouth. Out of nervousness, we have all blurted out a statement during a job interview that we would like to take back. While most interviewers are willing to overlook the occasional gaffe, there are many mistakes a prospective employee can make which may cost them the job. Here is a look at what not to do when interviewing for a job.

1. Fidget. Body language speaks volumes, and fidgeting can be interpreted many ways, none of which are good. Fidgeting can indicate nervousness, boredom, or can give the impression that you are not paying attention. Throughout the interview, be sure to pay close attention to your body language. Ideally, you want to appear relaxed, confident, and interested in what the interviewer has to say.

2. Arrive late. This seems like common sense, but it is quite easy to arrive late for a job interview. Always allow yourself extra time for unforeseen problems, such as finding a parking space or heavy traffic conditions. If your interview is taking place in a city you are not familiar with, take time to familiarize yourself with the area before the day of the interview. This way you will know exactly where to go.

3. Lie. Be honest about your previous job experience, salary, and education. Thanks to modern technology, it is easier than ever for an employer to run a background check, or to verify the accuracy of your resume. Were you sacked from your previous hospitality jobs? Have you ran away from your past boss? Did you had a fight with your colleagues in your old work? All of these may be dig in  to.

4. Stammering. We are all familiar with the standard questions asked during a job interview, so you should know how to answer every one of the interviewer’s questions without stammering or hesitation. Not knowing how to answer may be viewed as lack of preparation.

5. Insulting previous employers. Never talk about the job you hated, the annoying co-workers, or the idiot boss you previously worked for. Refer to your previous employers respectfully. Nobody wants to hire an employee who talks badly about their former boss, because someday they just might be the former boss you are badmouthing to someone else.

What it all comes down to is poise, attitude, and the ability to communicate effectively during a job interview. All of these skills can be honed through practice. It is always a good idea to rehearse with a friend or family member before the actual interview. The only way to get better at anything is through practice, and practicing job interviewing skills can only increase your chances of success.

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