Going in for an interview can be one of the scariest experiences. It can feel like they’re looking at you under a microscope and questioning everything you’ve done in your past.
But the biggest thing to remember is the person asking you these questions have been trying to find a job themselves. Possibly very recently. So they’re just like you trying to find the right fit for their position. Here are a few common mistakes that can very easily be made:
It sounds like an easy one. But as you’re doing your preparation you must take into account traffic, finding parking, or just finding their office. Get there early and review your notes in the parking lot if needed. It’s very hard to tell them how proactive you are when you made them wait.
Asking questions you should know
Have prepared questions for things you want to know about the company, the culture, and the position. Never ask questions that you could have easily found the answer for before the interview. For example:
How many people are in the office?
How long have you been in business?
How long have you been with the company?
What kind of products do you sell?
Do your homework and ask engaging questions about the culture, how they go to market, or about their future objectives.
Talking too much
The objective of the interview is not to share as many facts about your past. Take those nonverbal clues from the person you’re meeting with. If they like doing a lot of talking then show that you can engage well in conversation and follow along. Then when you have a chance to work in how your past experience fits what they’re talking about, take it. Nothing can shut the other person down quicker, than awkwardly changing the conversation to what you want to talk about.
Saying negative things
You have a very short time to make a good impression. Make sure you don’t fall into the trap of saying negative things about past employers. Even if you had a rough time with a person or project at that last job. This is not the time to get revenge. Focus on the positive things that you did and your accomplishments. Also avoid talking about negative things in general. Try not to bring up how bad your last weekend was. People are looking to bring in positive influences into their company.
I hope this helps with your interview preparation. Now go get that Hot Job!