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3 Common Job Interview Killers

With over 44 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits over the last 12 weeks, there will soon be literally millions of workers hitting the job boards. That means, if you’re on the job market, the competition will be heating up for the top positions in your industry. As a result, you cannot afford to make any interview mistakes while on the post-pandemic job market. Here are three common job interview killers that you must avoid at all costs to secure a job in today’s challenging economic climate.

Arriving late or not at all

This is one of the worst job interview killers. If you arrive late or completely ghost your interview completely, it will put a bad taste in the hiring manager or HR professional’s mouth. With so much competition right now, they might simply pass on you for your lack of prudence. We get it; things happen unexpectedly. However, to mitigate this, plan on arriving 15 minutes early. That way, if you run into some unexpected traffic or construction, you will have enough wiggle room to make it on time. And if you’re early, use that spare time to go over the job description, the company’s social media, or their website.

Because of the pandemic, there’s a good chance your interview will be in a virtual format. Ensure your equipment is ready to go, you have a strong internet connection, and that you are in a clean, quiet space. Startup the application early as your interviewers will likely be waiting for you a few minutes early.

If you, unfortunately, have to cancel your interview, call your contact who set up the interview immediately. The sooner you tell your interviewers, the better the outcome will be. Do your best to peg down a new date and do it as quickly as possible.

Failing to answer common interview questions

If you were laid off because of the Coronavirus, you might not have had a job interview in a while. Don’t fret – you just need to shake the rust off! Go over common interview questions and prepare an answer for them. Write your answers out as it will help you remember what you’d like to say (muscle memory!). Read your answers out loud, and it will help you answer these questions in person with confidence.

Here’s a collection of some of the most common interview questions with tips on answering them successfully!

Not armed with a few questions

At the end of almost every job interview, you will be asked, “So, what questions do you have for us?” If you really want to make a good impression, you must come with some questions to ask. Hopefully, as your interview goes on, you will be able to come up with some questions to ask later. However, if your meeting is more conversational, you may have already asked them. That’s why it’s imperative to have questions prepared beforehand.

These can be questions about the role, the company culture or team dynamic, the organization’s volunteering opportunities, or mentorship – the list goes on and on. The important thing is to ask thoughtful, relevant questions to show your interest in the role and the company.

Ready to put your skills to the test?

These are just a few common job interview killers; however, if you take the time to prepare for your interview and arrive punctually, you will be in good shape! If you’re ready to put your skills to the test, check out our job board! We have dozens of exciting job opportunities available across the country.

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5 Things That Will Spook Your Interviewers

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The last thing you want to do this Halloween is to scare the people who could be giving you your next big career move! So, if you’re a little rusty on the interviewing techniques and want to avoid the “spook factor,” try not to do these five scary interview mistakes.

Being Late

If there is one thing that will scare off a future employer, it’s tardiness. An interview is your first opportunity to give an impression about who you are and how you can help their company. The last thing you want to do is spook them into thinking you’re not the right person all because you show up late.

The best rule of thumb is if you’re 15 minutes early you’re on time, but if you’re on time, you’re late. This will keep you planning and help you to not be late.

Not Being Prepared

If you show up not prepared to answer questions, don’t have extra resumes, or just don’t seem prepared or look like you’re not interested… You’re going to spook all of those interviewing you. Being prepared to answer questions and everything else shows you’re interested! And trust me, if you want this job, you need to show you’re excited about it!

Being Distracting

When you fidget, can’t keep eye contact, and are just overall distracting, you’re going to lose the interest of those interviewing you. They will think you’re not someone who can be kept on track. Or that you will always be in your own little world, not paying attention to your job.

To keep yourself from being too nervous, make sure to practice answering questions. You can also read some of our helpful tips and tricks to help you prepare for an interview. These may seem like little things, but truthfully, they will help keep you calm and feel more prepared. This way you will be confident and prepared, not nervous and distracting.

Not Dressing Appropriately

There’s a time and place to dress as you please. But for an interview, dressing modestly and professional will always be your safest and best bet! Dressing for an interview can be stressful… I always think about “what if I’m too dressed up?”

But that’s honestly the last thing I should be worried about. Because I don’t think anyone will doc me, or you, points for being dressed “too” professional compared to underdressing. And I think we all know that!

Not asking questions

When you don’t have questions prepared, it makes you look like you’re not that interested in the position. If you really want this job, take this opportunity to see if this company is a good fit for you! Sometimes we forget that an interview isn’t just for the company; it’s for us as well. If we don’t think they are a good fit culturally, no matter how much we like the job, we won’t be happy there. And since you’re currently on the job search, I would assume you’re looking for a company AND job you enjoy, right?

So, don’t cut yourself short. Have questions that you’re really interested in knowing about. Like how the company works. What the culture is like. How will you be able to make a difference in the organization? Things like this will give you a better understanding and will impress those who are interviewing you.

Interviews can be scary, and terribly nerve racking! But if you’re not wanting to spook those interviewing you because you really want the job… Following these tips will help you!