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Things to Avoid in Job Interview

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An interview is the opportunity to get your dream job. While appearing for an interview you need to assure that everything falls at the right place to secure the position you are applying for. Thereby making any sort of silly mistake could snatch the golden opportunity from your hand. Only being eligible is not enough, getting a job also depends on getting at the right place at the right time.

To insure that you don’t make a mistake from your end, keep in mind the following points to avoid during the interview:

  1. Unprofessional Attire: Avoid wearing casuals or party wears or too much of makeup & accessories. Be formal and professional and your attire must be according to the situation.
  2. Poor/Inappropriate Attitude: Employers are the one with the pool of options at hand and so they can be self-centered and arrogant, but the candidates cannot be. So don’t have an arrogant or ignorant attitude. Nor be too unconfident.
  3. Lack of Knowledge: Employers are seen probing your knowledge about the company and the profile, therefore lack of research on candidate’s part could be fatal.
  4. Unprepared for the interview questions: Research and anticipate the interview question and practice answers to them. Rehearse your background, your previous job responsibilities, your reason for changing the job, etc.
  5. No questions to ask: Asking questions (but relevant questions) reflects candidate’s interest and thus curiosity in the job and determination to associate with the organization. So keep a list of questions in advance to ask.
  6. Too Resume Specific: At times candidates are seen too much relying on their resume. Answering interviewer to refer to the resume for details (when asked to give the details) or referring the resume while answering gives a very bad impression.
  7.  Making false commitments and too exaggerating: To highlight your skills and talk about your achievements is the need of the time. But crossing the limit of rationality and making air castles exaggerating your worth could be fatal. Interviewers will very easily catch you lying. So, be true to the fact.
  8. Too humble: Excess of anything is harmful. In the interview, candidate showing too much of humility and agreeing to interviewer’s all clauses and not taking his stand as makes a bad impression. As a person who cannot stand for his own concern, cannot be expected to stand by his duties and his company.
  9. Not highlighting your achievements: Until and unless you will tell the interviewer about your achievements and past performance(s), how will know it himself. You need to describe to him what targets you were given; how you performed under pressure and met your targets? How did you handle the obstacles? What extra works/projects you contributed into? And so on…
  10. Unrelated Skills: You may have a long list of achievements and skills to show, but they all are not relating to the employer’s need. The result would be that you will be screened out. So, relate your skills and convince the employer, how your skills will assist you in the prospective job.
  11. Too concentrated with salary and perks: Candidates ask about salary and perks too early in the interview are taken as get a bad impressive. At times they are seen demand inappropriate amounts, once they believe that the employer is interested. On the other hand, candidates who ask for too little/undervalue themselves appear desperate. Be reasonable and demand your worth, but once it’s the right time to negotiate the salary.
  12. Career Orientation: Job seekers/candidates who are not clear about their career goals mostly are incapable to spot or commit to appropriate opportunities. Not knowing what you want wastes everybody’s time and thus employers filter them out.
  13. Job shopping: Some applicants, especially from technical, sales and marketing fields, have a tendency to appear for the interview just “shopping” for opportunities and have little real (which intention of changing jobs. This wastes time and leaves a bad impression with employers they may need to contact in the future).
  14.  Impatience: Interviewer not only just listens to your answers, but as well does read your behavior traits. As such getting impatient on interview stretching long or your call getting delayed; may uninterest the interviewer.
  15. Not accepting mistakes and making wrong answers: Making wrong answers and then arguing instead of accepting mistakes you have done, make a very bad impression. Ideally if you don’t know anything, you must accept your mistake.


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