Seven things to avoid in your next interview

Posted by Tom Pimm on Sep 10, 2015 10:10:00 AM

You had a great phone screen and now you’ve been asked to interview in person. Here are seven things you can’t do if you want to win the job (the same way the Patriots are going to win their first game against the Steelers). 

Don’t ever be late. On time is late, and late is lost. You should automatically discount a candidate if they show up late. No excuses.

Make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. If you can’t offer a good first impression, the rest of the interview will be meaningless.

Dress “appropriately”. If it’s a high tech environment, don’t’ wear a suit.  If you think your blouse is too risqué, it probably is. Always overdress, and business casual generally works.

Don’t consume all the airtime. If you know you have a strong personality, coach yourself to listen more. Allow the interview to “come to you” because no one likes a candidate who talks too much.

Self-aggrandize. Cocky and confident are two separate entities. It’s a fine line, but don’t straddle it during the interview.  Humble never goes out of style.

Don’t exaggerate. It’s much better to be honest and humble. And yes, companies can and do check your background.

Be Prepared. If you can’t come up with 3 good questions about the firm you are interviewing with, check out this new site: www.google.com.

Good luck!

 

Topics: Interview, Success