10 Things You Shouldn’t Do In An Interview


Job interview is an impending life altering episode and you have to do it right. Yet so many people face it ,in a wrong way. May be you got an outstanding CV and marvelous work experience. They make you an impressive candidate partially. But the most important thing here is the appearance of you. If you can make a great impression on the first look, you can get a good head start in getting the the job. So, to do it in the right way, you need to avoid certain things in the interview. Go through the following tips to avoid things you shouldn’t do in an interview to make a good first impression:

1) Being unprepared:

The first and foremost thing you should keep in mind  that do not dare to face the interview board without doing proper research on the industry, the company, your boss and other relevant things. You may know your work well, but if you don’t know how the company operates then it will make you a less deserved candidate for the post. Use the ‘About us’ tab of the company website to learn things like this before giving interview in that company.

2) Showing up lately:

Turning up late for an interview will destroy the very first impression of you in front of the interviewers. Try to be punctual. Don’t be late unless you have a strong excuse.

3) Dressing inappropriately:

The very first impression about you is made by the interviewers when they set their eyes upon you. Being casual might be the current trend, but remember that wearing a suit and tie is always considered as the basic grammatical attire if any profession. Dress appropriately. It will also convince the employers that you are ready to take responsibilities.

4) Having a poor body language:

Having a positive body language is an important thing during an interview. The interviewers always try to understand you through your body language. Sitting improperly, shaking legs, crossing arms, not making proper eye contact- these are considered as a bad body language. When you are giving an interview try to sit straight and hold your head and backbone in a line. Keep your foot flat on the floor. Maintain direct eye contact with the interviewer. It will give them a message about your self assurance and confidence.

5) Not being clear while answering:

Questioning you is the interviewers only medium to know about you and answering to the questions is you only way to express yourself. So, while giving answers to their questions, try to be specific, relevant and obviously straightforward. Take your time before answering a question. Think about it. Organize your thoughts and then deliver it. If you are unable to answer it, then frankly tell them about it. Do not try to give wrong or irrelevant answers. It may harm your goodwill.

6) Speaking ill about your current employer:

If you are working somewhere currently, the interviewers will obviously try to know about that. Avoid saying negative things about your current employee no matter how repressive or feeble they are. Being a bad mouth about your current employee can seriously damage your impression.

7) Not asking questions:

The employers will look for your enthusiasm and they will want to see that if you are interested about the company. Asking questions about your job and the post will give them a feeling that you are interested in the job. Not asking and remaining silent will make you a ill deserved candidate.

8) Lying in the CV:

Be careful about your CV. Put all the right information in your resume. Do not exaggerate it with false information about your experience or education. Anything can be discussed at the interview and being caught off lying in the CV during the interview will badly harm your prospect in the eyes of the interviewers.

9) Talking about money:

Discuss about your salary when you are asked. Do not ask about it from yourself. If they find you eligible they will make the first move. Obviously there will be space for negotiation. But talking about salary too early will make a bad impression about you. Be polite while talking about salary.

10) Walking away suddenly:

After finishing the interview, do not just walk away simply throwing a thank you. Before leaving, try to find out what the company is thinking about you. Ask them what would be the next step. You can also send them a follow up email thanking them for giving the opportunity of taking part in the interview. Remember, it is not all about getting the job. It is also about showing them who you are in a manner and behavior.

About  Mary Isable

Mary Isabale is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and Editor of CareerStair.com, a career blog for all levels, resume to careershift all solution in one. Isable prefer to be known as career doctor. She wrote more than 100 articles on career advancement and unemployment issues. Now Isabale works as chief editor of careerstair and owns a personal consultancy firm for those who are frustrated being unemployed or fired from their job.

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