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Published on May 28th, 2018 | by Jones


Don’t do these things if you want to land the job

Don’t do these things if you want to land the job

Job interviews can be scary and stressful, especially if you’re fresh out of university or college and applying for your first “proper” job. But you should be doing the necessary preparations beforehand to ensure you’re ready for the job application and interview.

There’s a few mistakes that many people make and things that people do during the recruitment process that prevent them from getting hired. So, if you want to land the job, don’t do these few things… please.

Under or over exaggerate the truth

Let’s be honest, it’s very easy to under or oversell yourself by exaggerating just a little bit… or a lot if you want to be honest. Lying in an interview is not the right choice to make. If you end up getting the job, it won’t take long before they realise you can’t actually deliver on what you promised or you’re possibly more capable than you led on and make everyone else seem inadequate.

Honesty is the best policy, especially in job interviews where the fate of your whole career rests on how you present and sell yourself. Okay, so that might be an over exaggeration in itself but, in this case, it makes you think about it more seriously, doesn’t it?

You can save yourself the need to say you can walk on water by not applying for jobs that are completely out of your depth. Or, if you really want that job but know you aren’t quite qualified for everything it requires, you can express your desire to learn and be better. That’s a quality that many employers will appreciate in a candidate. So, moral of the story? Don’t lie about your abilities and be honest about your determination to live up to and beyond the job description with what you have to offer.

Look untidy

You’re asking for a strikethrough your application if you walk into an interview with half your shirt sticking out, your comfy shoes on and a coffee stain on your pants (unless it literally happened before or during the interview).

If you do your research beforehand on the company you’re interviewing with, you’ll get a feel for the degree of formality they present through their social media (for example) and you can dress based on that. But, if you aren’t sure, rather be slightly overdressed than underdressed.

It also wouldn’t hurt to do a bit of personal grooming before the interview and getting a good night’s rest the night before. Personal appearance leads to a quick judgement of character and you don’t want them to think they’ve caught you on a bad day when, in fact, that’s just how you look. When you start working at the company you’ll get a better idea of what the dress codes and rules are but, for the interview at least, step it up a little and maybe iron your shirt.

Say everything or nothing at all

There are two wrong types of people for interviews. People who talk too much and people who barely talk at all. When it comes to a job interview, you need to be a combination of the two. Someone who can say just enough to answer the 10 mark question but knows when to rather stay quiet and focus on listening to what the interviewer is saying.

You don’t want to waste the company’s time by reciting your CV or only giving one-word answers that result in a two-minute interview and no callback. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself and have some questions of your own that will show them you’re organised, care about the position and were listening to what they were saying.

Be late or too early

Before you scrunch your face, yes, it’s possible to be too early to an interview. What you need to remember is that a specific time has been arranged for you to meet with an interviewer. An interviewer who is possibly a busy head of a department.

By arriving more than 30 minutes early,  you’re putting pressure on them to hurry up and finish what they’re doing in order to meet with you. You make it seem as if they’re late. But, being 10 to 15 minutes early is perfect because it allows you enough time to wait in the waiting room, familiarise yourself with the environment and calm yourself down before heading in.

On the other side of the spectrum, when you’re late, you’re completely disrespecting the interviewers time. If something unforeseen happens, be sure to contact the company and let them know you’re going to be late or politely ask if it would be possible to reschedule. Don’t say anything, rock up late and expect them to still be waiting for you. Business goes on and vacancies don’t wait forever.


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