There is no need for the interview jitters if you prepare properly for it and know the things to do and not do.
The primary goal of an interview is to let the hiring manager know you are the perfect candidate for the job. In trying to be the best man for the job, it is advisable that you don’t end up putting your foot in your mouth hence why we have compiled some things you must avoid doing at the interview.
You simply do not have the luxury to show up for your interview because you don’t want your interviewer to get the wrong impression about you. Ditch the concept of African time and get to the venue of your interview early as this speaks volumes about your personality, professionalism and discipline.
Despite more and more companies getting more flexible with styles of dressing, it is still safer for you to show up for your interview formally dressed than showing up like someone heading for a party.
Bad body language
The vibes you exude during your interview is equally as important as the things you say hence why you need to be conscious of your body language. Ensure you make good eye contact, smile when you need to, don’t fidget, cross your arms or check your phone during the interview.
Showing up unprepared
As soon as you know you have been shortlisted for an interview, you should start preparing. you will be shooting yourself in the foot if you show up unprepared.
Before heading in for that interview, ensure you have gotten yourself acquainted with the company’s business by reading up online. Thankfully, we live in a digital age and all reputable companies have a website where you can get information. Also practice potential interview questions and answers for the role you applied for, drafting questions that demonstrate your interest in the organization, etc.
Speaking negatively about your former job/ bosses
Never ever speak negatively or in a bad light about your former job or employers no matter how horrible they were.
If asked why you left a certain company or why you’re exploring other opportunities, share honest reasons that don’t bring harm to any person or entity. Great reasons include, “I’m really looking forward to exploring new opportunities or a new industry.
Asking too early about salary and benefits
There is a time for everything, therefore, asking about salary during your interview is a no-no. It may seem that you are only concerned about a paycheck than the work itself. It makes even worse if you were the only candidate that asked about during the interview process. You have plenty of time to inquire about salary and benefits after you receive the job offer.