7 Things To Avoid During An Interview

The primary goal of an interview is to let the hiring manager know you are the perfect candidate for the job.
You will do well by speaking effectively about your skills, experience and why you need the job more than anyone else.

However, in putting your best foot forward, there are some things you must avoid doing at the interview.

1.Show up late

This is a no brainer as you don’t want your interviewer to get the wrong impression about you. Getting early to the venue of your interview speaks a lot about your personality.
It also gives the impression that not only do you lack the discipline and professionalism to show up when you say you will, but it also makes your interview(s) wonder if you don’t respect their time and your ability to follow through (as an employee and person).

2. Dress inappropriately

Even though many companies in recent times are beginning to adopt casual style of dressing, your best bet is to try to be formal. For crying out loud, you are going for an interview, not a party.

3. Give off negative body language

Avoid things like not making good eye contact, not smiling, fidgeting throughout the interview, crossing your arms, checking your phone etc.
One of the things hiring managers pay attention to during an interview is body language.

4. Show up unprepared

As soon as you know you have been shortlisted for an interview, you should start preparing. you will be shooting yourself in the foot if you show up unprepared.
By being prepared means you have read up about the company online and know a few things about what they do, practise potential interview questions and answers for the role you applied for, drafting questions that demonstrate your interest in the organization etc.

5.Speaking negatively about your former job/ bosses

Never try to speak negatively or in a bad light about your former job or employers no matter how horrible they were.
You are sending off the wrong signals if you do this.
If asked why you left a certain company or why you’re exploring other opportunities, share honest reasons that don’t bring harm to any person or entity. Great reasons include, “I’m really looking forward to exploring new opportunities or a new industry.

6. Acting Desperate

Fine, you want a job but acting desperate is a major red flag.
Don’t come off as someone that is willing to take just about anything the company offers.
No company wants a person that doesn’t know her worth.

7. Asking too early about salary and benefits

There is a time for everything, therefore, asking about salary during your interview is a no-no.
It may seem that you are only concerned about paycheck than the work itself. It makes even worse if you were the only candidate that asked about during the interview process.
You have plenty of time to inquire about salary and benefits after you receive the job offer.

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