10 Things Not To Do In A Job Interview
Your big day has finally arrived: you’ve practised your questions, you’re dressed to impress, you’re excited to walk right in and own it! But wait! Before you head on in, you should probably read through our list of ten things NOT to say or do in a job interview:
1. Chew gum. Although it’s a great idea to have fresh breath, chewing gum during an interview not only makes it harder for you to talk properly, you’ll also look unprofessional. Toss it out before you arrive.
2. Trash talk a former employer, even if they were in the wrong. Not only is it extremely rude, but you won’t gain any points with a potential employer by being negative.
3. Slouch, fidget, cross your arms. Body language speaks volumes! You want to appear engaged and focused, and definitely not defensive. Sit up straight, place your hands on your lap and maintain good eye contact!
4. Touch your phone. Do not answer any phone calls or texts while in an interview, and make sure your phone is set to silent, or even better, completely turned off.That way, you can save yourself from embarrassment when your phone starts ringing Justin Bieber’s “Baby Baby” during your interview.
5. Ask about salary, vacation time, breaks, employee discounts, or anything else that might make the interviewer question your motivation. Employers want to know that you are actually interested in the job itself and not just its perks (or lack thereof).
6. Arrive late. In this day and age, with GPS, traffic updates and Google Maps, there is absolutely no excuse for tardiness. If you are unfamiliar with the area, plan your route out ahead of time, and leave extra early to avoid unexpected traffic delays. Arriving early also gives you time to mentally prepare yourself for the interview, and will allow you an opportunity to double check that nothing is amiss with your appearance (like food in your teeth!)
7. Forget to bring a resume. Don’t assume that just because you got the interview, that everyone on the panel has a copy. It’s always best to bring a few extra with you, just in case. It is also helpful to have one for yourself too, so that you can follow along in case there are any questions. It’s also a good idea to have a typed up list of your references on hand, just in case you are asked. Just remember to contact them beforehand to make sure that their contact information is current and that they can still provide you with a strong reference.
8. Swear. It doesn’t matter how relaxed the work environment seems, don’t do it!
9. Act over-confident. When asked “Where do you see yourself in five years?”, don’t respond with “In your job.” It won’t go over well.
10. Be impolite. Remember to say “please” and “thank you” to everyone. That includes the front desk staff, the intern and the CEO. It is important to treat everyone you encounter with courtesy and respect.
Of course, reading and memorising a list of “don’ts” isn’t the magical solution to acing an interview. The best advice is really quite simple: DO be yourself!