Being asked to a job interview can be both a great and worrying thing. Well, mostly great. However, nerves can settle in quickly as a result of you wanting to give a good impression and do well in the interview.
This is natural, but certain mistakes are not and can be easily avoided to ensure you don’t mess up when it matters most- getting the job! These 5 pointers highlight the mistakes not to make in a job interview;
1. Leaving your phone on!
There is nothing worse than your phone going off in the middle of a job interview. It is a rude gesture not to mention the lack of professional character it shows to your employer. Oh, and certainly don’t pick up a call! You may as well kiss the job goodbye. Easy solution: turn off your phone!
2. Walking in with an inappropriate dress code
It is pretty standard that for any job interview you should go wearing a smart outfit, such as a suit. Regardless of whether the job you’re applying for is working in a vest and shorts, the best impression you can give is a smart one. It is also important to be modest in your choice of clothing. Women, no short-short skirts!
3. Being late!
This is probably up with the worst things you could possibly do at a job interview. If you’re late without good reasoning- and ‘the shower didn’t turn on’ is not a good one- then you are showing that you are incapable of the basic quality an employer will look for in an employee; reliability. If you are stuck in a traffic jam, and fear you wil be late, just give the employer a call! Much better to do this!
4. Clasping your hands tightly
This may seem insignificant, silly and a small thing, but actually by acting on this in a subtle way it can have a big impact. If you are to sit on your hands or clasp them tightly, it can encourage you to become nervous in the rest of your body. The result of this would be less confidence in your presentation to the employer. Just place them in front of you.
5. Letting your eyes drift away from the focus
You must, must keep eye contact as best as you can with the employer. By doing this it shows you are both confident and serious about the job. Granted, it can be difficult to uphold this when you have a nervous feeling lingering too. However, even if it means you need to practice, eye contact is important!