Even if you find interviews exciting, they can also be somewhat nerve-racking given how much weight they hold in the job search process. A good interview is the best way to get more doors open, but also a bad interview is the fastest way to see those doors lock shut behind you. At Leap29 we want you to enter your interviews with feelings of possibility, but we especially want you to leave feeling hopefully.
In order to help you on your way, here is a list of five things you should never do in an interview.
- Bash your old company
It doesn’t matter how much bad blood there is between your old boss or company, interviews are not the time to mention it. Keep all negative feels towards your current employer at bay and find rational, positive reasons for wanting to leave your current position, if asked.
- Not ask questions
If you want to show how interested in the company you are, you should ask questions. It is simple. Asking questions does not have to be at the end of the interview when you will inevitably be asked if you have any more questions. Engaging in conversation throughout the process with polite and relevant questions will show your interest. Interviews are a two way street, not only is the employer assessing if you will be suitable for the company and position, you need to be assessing if they are a suitable fit for you.
It doesn’t matter if the interviewer is swearing like a trooper, you never swear in an interview. It is not professional or appropriate.
- Exhibit negative body language
This doesn’t just mean sitting with your arms crossed your chest or slouching in your chair, fidgeting with your hands or playing with your hair can give off negative signs and distract your interviewer.
It is incredible how many people will lie when they are under pressure. Whether it be about a gap in their work history, or saying they have experience in something they do not. It can happen to everyone even if they are not naturally prone to barefaced lies. You can avoid this by being prepared; read the job spec carefully and be positive about any areas you may not have experience in, already have an answered prepared about the gap in your work history.