7 Innocent Mistakes That Cost You the Job

interview mistakes that cost you the job

You have done a fabulous job with your resume and networking. You’ve lined up many interviews, but they aren’t going well. Is it that the competition is better than you? Or are you sabotaging your own job prospects? Here are 7 innocent mistakes people make that cost them the job.

You are late to the interview

It is the simplest thing, but always be on time. When you have an interview you should plan out your trip details and know what the traffic may be like. If you are interviewing in rush hour in a city make sure early. While people cannot foresee sitting in traffic due to an accident, its better to arrive ahead of schedule than late. If something does happen be sure to call the hiring manager and give them a heads up as soon as possible. If you are late make sure you apologize.

Being on time is so important, it is your first commitment to your potential employer and the management team that is taking time to meet with you. It is often the first impression the hiring manager has of you. If you are late you will need to dig yourself out of a hole the remainder of the interview.

No resume

In order to get an interview, you must have put together a resume and submitted it to people on-line or in person. For some reason many people think that’s enough and do not bring resumes to the interview. Always bring a few resumes printed on nice paper to the interview. One of the first questions you can ask to start the interview is, “Do you need a copy of my resume?” This shows initiative and organization. On the contrary, if you do not bring a resume and the hiring manager asks for it, you do not look prepared and start the interview off on the wrong foot.

No eye contact

Not everyone is super outgoing and has all the confidence in the world. Even if you are shy and quiet, you can still be great at interviewing and, more importantly, be a success at your job. The simplest way of making a connection is to maintain eye contact with your interviewers. Not maintaining eye contact can give the impression that you are not sure of yourself, making the hiring managers wonder if they can be sure of you.

Rambling on

Many people think great interviewers are chatty and that the best way to build a relationship in the interview is by talking a lot. This can be true if the talk is well timed and informative. It can also backfire and leave a hiring manager wanting to run from you.  Do not make the mistake of rambling on after a question is asked. Answer the questions clearly and concisely. Hiring managers do not want to hire employees who tend to talk too much, listen too little, and dominate, versus facilitate, discussions.

Slamming your current employer

One of the first questions the hiring manager is going to ask you is, “Why are you looking for a new job?” Usually people are looking for a new position because they are not happy in their current role. Whatever the reason do not tell the hiring manager anything negative about your current company or current manager. Keep it positive. Slamming your current employer or manager gives the impression you are negative and not loyal. You can always say, “I heard about this role and feel it is a good fit for me.” Read up on the company you are applying with and say something positive about that company as the reason you are interested in the role.

Not flexible in setting up interview

As a recruiter who schedules candidates on a weekly basis, I see this all the time, candidates who are not flexible around scheduling interviews. The hiring manager may want to meet early morning, late in the day or sometimes weekends. When interviewing you may have to go out of your way to meet with the hiring manager, be flexible. A candidate who cannot seem to make any time given them to interview sends up a red flag to the hiring manager, warning them that you may be a handful to work with and not flexible in the job.

No thank you note

With emailing and texting, hand written notes are not popular anymore, but thanking people you interview with is key to getting the job. Make sure during the interview you get the business cards of each person you interview with so you know how to email them or send a hand written thank you note.  People who do not take the time to send a thank you note after the interview make the impression they are not grateful or really interested in the role. It is a sure way to get knocked out of the running for the position.

As with many things in the life, paying attention to the small details can make the difference between moving forward or staying behind. Make sure to take care of these simple things and you will soon be landing your dream job.





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