The #1 fatal interview mistake recruiter’s say candidates make is going to the interview unprepared. Candidates, please avoid making this mistake after being shortlisted from a gigantic pool of applicants.
Fatal Error #1: Going to the interview unprepared
Employers personally dislike it when a candidate is unable to answer the most common interview questions like – What do you know about our company? or Why do you want to work with us?
They say these two questions tell them more about the candidates how well-prepared they have come for the interview. Hiring managers say too many candidates blow their interview shot because they looked uninterested or overconfident.
Avoid wasting valuable time, effort and money
- Always go prepared. Research about the company. Learn about their mission, vision, services, and products through their website.
- Gain information about the company culture by checking out their social media accounts.
- Demonstrate your interest, sound confident, not arrogant. Avoid the – I know everything type attitude.
- Talk about the reasons why you want to work with them. Talk about your skills and accomplishments how they align with the job requirement.
- It goes without saying that you should be on time and professionally dressed for the interview. Always turn off your cell phone before entering the interview.
- Display proper body language. A firm handshake and good eye contact. Smile once in a while and avoid putting your nervousness on display.
- At the end of the interview be prepared to ask the employer some questions. This shows your interest levels regarding the job and how much homework you have done.
These are few pointers to keep in mind next time you attend an interview and avoid making this number 1 fatal interview mistake. I feel you can never go over prepared from an interview standpoint. I have seen so much more success from candidates who do their homework.
It’s easy to fixate on job requirements alone and forget you also have to beat the other entrants. So, please potential candidates don’t forget to research the company you are interviewing.