|Common Interview Mistakes|
Over the years, recruiters and employers have witnessed some weird and wonderful interview moments and below are just a few of the common mistakes that are made at interview and should be avoided.
Unless specifically informed otherwise, always wear business dress.
Punctuality is crucial and it is advisable to arrive a few minutes earlier, just to give the right impression.
Lack of confidence:
Poor eye contact and a limp handshake say a lot about a person. Your confidence in your own ability must be conveyed the instant you enter the room.
Never lie. Most of the information on a CV can be verified and although it may be your dream job, if you lie about your level of capability, it will be become instantly apparent once you start the job.
Appearing negative towards previous employers:
If asked why you left previous positions, always try to put a positive spin on this. If you launch into a full assault of your old boss, the interviewer could be left wondering whether you will demonstrate the same attitude towards them.
Asking about benefits:
It is advisable to save the money question until the second interview or offer stage. A first interview should be all about what you can do for them and you should be conveying the impression that is the job and company that is driving your decision to apply and not the remuneration.
Having no questions prepared:
You will undoubtedly be asked whether you have any questions at the end of the interview. Prepare these in advance and make sure that they portray you in the best possible light. Focus on the role itself and your future position within the organisation and avoid issues such as holiday entitlement, company cars and whether they have a company canteen!