Simple Things That Others Do to Make You Lose Out to Them During Interviews
Getting the opportunity for an interview is only the first step to landing the job. Of course, before you can even go for the interview, you have got to do your due diligence by prepping for it.
Research the company, learn the job description and responsibilities, rehearse your answers and think of any questions you would like to have answered.
But if you find yourself constantly not getting the call back after the interview or failing to make it to the next round, it could be more than you being inadequately prepared. You could, in fact, be losing out to the other candidates because of some simple things that they do. Read on to find out what you should be doing in order to stand out from the crowd and show your worthiness!
Watch Your Language
Don’t use words such as “sure”, “kinda”, “hate”, “um” or curse words. Words carry a lot of weight and you want to avoid using words which have negative connotations or make you look bad.
Power of 3
Prepare three different answers for tough questions. Your first answer should be simple and straightforward. If the interviewer asks a follow-up question, you already have two additional answers ready so you don’t get caught off guard and fumble for something to say.
Show Interest and Enthusiasm
No one likes a Debbie downer. Show that you are genuinely interested in the position and the prospect of joining the company instead of being someone who is just looking for a job. Positive energy is contagious and this will make you more memorable when the interview is over.
Dress to Impress
Because as the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” so you want to look your best on the day on the interview. Buy a new dress, get a haircut, polish your shoes and look and feel your best.
Send a Thank You Note
Don’t forget to following up with the company by sending a Thank You email after the interview to thank them for their time and consideration.
Bring Your Portfolio
Take your portfolio with you into the room. Even though you might have already submitted it beforehand, it never hurts to remind the interviewers what you are capable of.
Turn off Your Mobile Phone
There is nothing more cringing than your ringtone suddenly bursting into sound, especially if it is an embarrassing one. Don’t even put it to silent (the vibrations can get loud) but turn
it off completely or put it on airplane mode and give the interviewer your undivided attention.