The process of finding a job is hard; it is even harder getting through the interview. From choosing the appropriate outfit to rehearsing an ‘About Me’ speech that’s both witty and intelligent, it is fair to conclude that interviews can be scary and the preparation can be stressful.
The interview is your chance to make a good impression, to show off your personality and prove that you will be a good professional fit. Feeling nervous and/or nauseous is somewhat natural during this process, however, through my personal experiences and the experiences of others, I’ve seen some common mistakes that you can easily avoid in order to put your best foot forward and prove you’re the right candidate for the position.
Lack of preparation
If you roll up to an interview and have no knowledge of the company, why are you there? Do your research, prepare your questions and be confident that you’ve done everything in your power to ensure you’ll stand out from the other candidates. By putting in the extra effort, you’ll not only feel more relaxed during the interview, but you’ll find that you answer questions effortlessly.
Failing to elaborate your answers
Examples!! Spewing out positive traits about yourself is a good start, taking the time to give personal examples that represent these traits is the ideal finish to answering any questions.
Overlooking the small talk
This is the time to let the interviewer get to know you as a person instead of just another candidate. Ask leading questions so you can find common ground, be yourself and relax. Interviewers may be looking for the skillset on you CV, but they also want to know who you are off paper.
Negative body language
Actions speak louder than words, and you crossing your arms not looking in the interviewer in the eye are sure ways of coming across uninterested. The interviewer is assessing you from the minute you step into that room so be mindful of your body language and remember that there are other ways to express your interest besides verbally stating it.
Forgetting to follow up
This is a detail that most people tend to forget. After the interview, try sending a thank you email (preferably within 24 hours of the interview) to the person you spoke with. Also, follow up in a timely manner depending on when you were told you would hear back. Even though you can’t guarantee the outcome of this interview process, be proud of your effort and be positive with what’s to come next.
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What part of the interview stressed you the most?