A job interview is your chance to make a great first impression and prove to the hiring manager that you’re the best person for the job. However, due to nerves or lack of preparation even the best candidates can say things that discount our qualifications and employ-ability.
Here are some of the worst things you can say that may damage your chances of employment:
1. Not doing your research on the company.
When you are preparing for an interview, you should research the company and find out everything you can. Even things such as the relevant Manager’s name for the department you will be working in, as well as the person that will be conducting the interview. Employers want to see that you’ve done your homework, and that you’re engaged with the company and its issues.
Of course it’s ok to ask questions, however not about things that if you had done research, you would already know. Good preparation will allow you to ask educated, insightful questions that will make you stand out from the crowd.
2. Stating how nervous you are.
It may seem charming to admit to being nervous in an interview; however it’s not the best first impression to give. Employers like to see candidates who cope well under pressure, and are able to handle stressful situations that may occur in the workplace. By implication, speaking about being nervous can send the message that you would have trouble coping in a high paced working environment. While a few nerves are fine and totally understandable, try not mentioning it as a general rule.
3. Giving one word answers with no explanation.
Hiring Managers do not want to keep probing you should your answer be a simple yes, or no. They want to hear you talk more than them typically, so you can discuss how you made an impact at your last job as a good starting point. Even after closed questions (i.e with a yes/no response) recruiters like to see you provide adequate detail. Further discussion can be what you have learned, how you attempted to resolve any issues, and how you worked together with your team to bring success to your previous company.
4. Not having questions for the Hiring Manager at the end of the interview.
To conclude the end of almost every interview, the hiring manager will most definitely ask you “Do you have any questions for me?” While this may seem like a formality, it’s not. By having no questions shows a lack of interest or even an inability to think on your feet.
You can easily end the interview on a strong note, with a lasting impression by thinking of three questions you are sure the hiring manager will not address during the interview. Some examples could be: “What do you find to be the hardest part of your job?”; “Do you see any room for improvement in the company?”; “What would my typical day look like if I were hired?” It can be anything work related! This will make you look interested and keen to do well.
Luckily, these scenarios are easy to avoid, by preparing for your interview. Following these basic steps will give you a great head start to finding your perfect position.