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Are You Sabotaging Yourself in Job Interviews?

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When it comes to finding a new job, usually the interviewing process is the deciding factor of whether you get the role or not. The impression you make in a job interview is therefore very important.

We’ve already talked about how to prepare for a job interview, what to ask in the interview and even how to follow up afterwards. However, in some cases all the preparation and follow-up won’t ensure you get the job because you sabotaged yourself during the job interview.

First impressions count, especially while interviewing with a potential employer. So how can you ensure you don’t make a bad impression? Read on to find out 6 things candidates do during job interviews that might just cost them the job.

1. Talking too little/too much

There’s a fine line between talking too little and talking too much in an interview and not everyone walks it well. The key is to watch the person interviewing you. If your interviewer is still looking confused or expectant after you discussed your responsibility at your last job, you probably didn’t tell them enough. On the other hand, if the interviewer looks like they are losing interest, it’s time to wrap up that story about that last big project you had in your old job. Try to reveal enough information to show off your skills while not going into painful detail about every last thing you’ve done.

2. Only discussing one particular skill-set

When discussing your experience, the aim is to show off your skills in relevance to the position you applied for. However, sometimes candidates spend too much time discussing one particular skill set they believe to be the most important for the position when in fact that’s only a small part of the job. Before you go into the interview, double check the requirements on the job spec and try to tick as many of those boxes as possible when going through your experience and skills.

3. Overdoing it with the buzzwords

Especially within digital, there are a growing number of buzzwords. While using these can be helpful to show that you’re up to speed with the latest trends within your industry, it can also cause confusion if the person interviewing you doesn’t work in your field themselves. In most cases, it is easier to avoid using too many buzzwords, abbreviations, and technical terms, unless the interviewer used them in their questions to you.

4. Talking about irrelevant experience

A job interview is your chance to convince the interviewer you’re the right person for the job. Your goal is therefore to show that you’ve got the experience, skills and/or attitude to get the job done and fill the needs of the company. Before you go into the interview, look at the key requirements for the role you’re going for so you don’t waste time talking about experience that has no relevance to the position at hand. Try to always link the experience you’re discussing back to the skills required for the new role.

5. Having confidence come across as arrogance

While there is nothing wrong with being confident and using your job interview as an opportunity to show why you would be a great fit for the company, you need to make sure you’re not coming across as arrogant. Key is showing that you’re a great candidate rather than saying that you are. Use your interview to show off your experience in relation to the position you applied for and let that speak for itself. The time to point out what you can bring to the table is when are asked why you want to work at the company. Don’t focus solely on what the company can do for you but point out what you can do for the company.

6. Talking badly about past employers/colleagues

This one should be a given but it’s still a common mistake made in interviews. Badmouthing a company you used to work for is never a good idea as it can make you come across as a negative person. Talking badly about specific people, such as past bosses, managers, or colleagues, is an especially bad idea. You never know whether there are any personal or professional connections between the person you’re talking about and the person that’s interviewing you. It’s best to stay neutral, even if the interviewer is given you an open platform to voice your honest opinion.
The job interview is about making a lasting impression for all the right reasons.

By preparing properly and avoiding the above during your interview, you’re on the right track to being the candidate that gets the job! And if you still feel you need some advice, don’t hesitate to ask your recruiter for tips!


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