There is no such thing as the perfect interview. You cannot show up and assume that you are going to be so great that the employer will literally throw money in your face hoping that the sea of green convinces you to work for their company. You are going to make some mistakes, but if you have a good interview, many of these mistakes will be overlooked.
The same cannot be said about the following interview mistakes. If you make these errors, you are probably not getting the job.
Mistakes that Get Arrested for Interview Homicide
- Poor Dress
You have all of 1 second to make a first impression. If you show up in your best Affliction shirt with jeans you found in a garbage can, you’re not going to get the job.
- Showing Up Late
Calling early and letting the interviewer know that you are stuck in traffic may allow you to salvage your interview. Maybe. Showing up late without proper notice or a good excuse is a definite interview killer.
It doesn’t matter how crappy your last job was. If you talk about how much you hated your last boss or your last coworker or your last job, you’re not getting this job.
- Not Asking Questions
Applicants that don’t ask questions are not getting the job. Ever. The answer to “Do you have any questions” should never, ever be “no.”
- No Company/Product Knowledge
The answer to “What do you know about our company?” is not “Nothing! Why don’t you tell me all about it!” Companies want to hire people that want to work for them, not people that want any job they can get.
- Zero Personality
Showing no energy, frowning, acting like you are too good for the interview – these will all give you absolutely no shot at winning the job. You need to be engaging, happy, interactive and likeable.
- Bad Body Language
Slouching without eye contact and shaking your legs as you cross your arms is guaranteed to get you no job. Proper posture, good eye contact, etc., are necessary if you want to be employed.
Avoiding the Killers
There are a lot of mistakes that can harm your interview, but these mistakes will kill it. Do your best to be the best interviewer you can be and you are far more likely to get the job.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Avoid these interview killers.