Job Interviews| How To Get The Job

"Could You Come in For An Interview at 1:00 p.m.?"

So, you applied for the job, and then finally got that phone call you were waiting for. An interview. You went in there full of confidence and ready to succeed. A bit nervous, you shook the interviewers hand, introduced yourself, and sat down waiting for the questions to roll in. You answered honestly, confidently, and all with a smile plastered on your face for good measure. You figured you got the job, how could they not want to hire you? You waited, and waited, and waited by the phone for nothing, zip, zilch.

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Do not forget your cover letter and resume, but also remember not to hide behind it. The face-to-face connection needs to be you speaking and not the piece of paper in your hand.

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What Went Wrong

Confused as to why they didn't give in to that overly confident smile? There are some very common mistakes that many if not all make when being interviewed for a job position. One wrong move my friends, can cost you the job. Being a hiring manager is sometimes part of my job and I have come across some dandy's as well as some potential ones who just simply made some silly interview mistakes. So here are some tips and uh-oh's to avoid so you do not fall flat on your face the next time around.

Mistakes

  • You are dressed all wrong. You want to make a positive statement for somebody that could be your next potential boss or employer. From the second you walk in that office door, the impression begins. You need to be dressed conservative, no overly bright colors, minimum jewelry and makeup, neat and tidy, and polished shoes or heels with a small heel. Stilettos are not to impress unless applying for a fashion related job...or a stripper pole position.
  • You know nothing about the company you are applying for. Bad Bad Bad. Bad on your part. You need to do your research before stepping into that interview. You knowing nothing about the company sales, products or structures will get you nowhere. Doing your research will show the prospective employer that your are indeed interested.
  • You have arrived late.This should not need any explanation. If you are late to the interview, the employer is going to think that you would have no problem showing up to work late either. To avoid the possibility of potentially not making it on time, make sure you have directions to your interview, leave home early, and be checking the time consistently. If you know you will not make it on time, call the interviewer and reschedule. This isn't the Pursuit of Happyness where you can just waltz in out of breath with paint all over your clothes and missing a shoe because you just got out of jail. Unless you're Will Smith, this is not going to work for you.
  • You talk too much. Do not ramble in your interview. I know you may be nervous, but getting to the point will come across much better. Do not answer a simple question with a long, complicated answer. When asked why you want the job, DO NOT go into detail about how your father threatened to take away all your college savings and that fancy new sports car he gave you and how your mother thinks you're a lazy piece of...you get my drift.
  • You are not a zombie. Chin up. Sit up straight. Make eye contact. And most importantly, smile. You need to focus on what they are saying to you and answer with enthusiasm. Just do not overdue it.
  • Asking too many questions...or not enough. Asking questions is going to help determine if the job is right for you. It is also going to show your potential employer that you are curious to see if this job fits your needs and wants as well. It is okay to ask questions so do not be shy, it will show them you can keep on your toes. However, asking too many is a no-no. The second you sit down in the chair, you probably should not blurt out a question as to how much and when you'll get paid. I'm sure the answer you'll get will be along the lines of Nada. Wait for the employer to approach this subject or ask towards the end.
  • Connection. You know those questions on an application that asks you your strengths, weaknesses, and experience. The same goes for the interview and you need to go a bit more in depth. You need to show just how qualified you are for the job. No matter what job you are applying for, you need to let them know your strengths, weaknesses, and where you see yourself in possibly 10 years. Do not be unprepared for those questions.
  • Watch your tongue. Make sure what comes out of your mouth is intelligible and coherent. On some cases, the interviewer could be a very laid back person therefore making you very comfortable in their presence. Do not mistake this as a time to blurt out insults or profanity such as, "Man, I sure could use this freakin job."
  • You are not a diva. Occasionally, there will be a prima donna who will come along making demands in an interview. Can you believe that? They want to try to change up a dress code because that forbidden, low-cut top is just entirely too cute not to show off. They feel they need more breaks then is required. Their lunch time wouldn't be long enough for them to stroll 4 blocks away to the Starbucks for a Caramel Macchiato Latte. Listen honey, do you want the job or not? Do not become one of these people in an interview, I have seen plenty of them believe it or not. Trust this: they DO NOT get the job.
  • Your backups. Do not bring up in an interview that you have other job offers. This is a common mistake and a huge one at that. Some oddly believe that telling us you have others that await a job offer for you is not desirable to us. This isn't a blind date. I am not a guy you are interested in pining for your affection. This is a company. We may view this as a why do you need this job if there are so many more that want you or you are interested in. It's great that you are getting job offers, but we do not need that information.
  • The obvious. No cellphones, gum-chewing/smacking, food or drink. That is purely disrespectful. Another bad sign: continuously checking your watch or the clock. Do not bad mouth any employees currently working there, or your old boss. No lying about ANYTHING. Also, please be sure your are able to pass a background check and drug test otherwise do not bother.



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Always Have Confidence!

The interview may not always be the case against you when not getting a job. Therefore, focus on your resume and references to make sure everything is neat and tidy. Your job interview is the key part in nailing the position. Always keep in mind that it is the resume and/or cover letter that gets you the interview, but it is the interview that gets you the job. You will always need a good impression and let your personality shine through. I sincerely hope this helps some of you and good luck on your interview quests.

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A_K 5 years ago from Delhi

Excellent article with sound advice. I would want to add one final tip - you've got to desperately want that job to get it. Even with the slightest lingering doubt, you are out.


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bwhite062007 5 years ago from East Coast Author

Very true A_K, there is no doubt in that. Thank you for reading!


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Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

Hi Bwhite,

I've had to hold a few interviews myself and to me it seemed the more interviews we had to hold the more I did not look forward to it. Do they show up, do they show up on time, do they call and cancel if they're not going to make it? We even had one person that signed all the paperwork and accepted the job then we got an email at 11pm stating she was going to take a different job offer.

People please do not waste an employers time, if you're not serious and decide the job is not right for you, be upfront about it, be professional and be respectful.

Great article Bwhite, very well written.


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bwhite062007 5 years ago from East Coast Author

Thank you Magdelene. I feel your pain, the hiring process is a tedious job that I do not look forward to sometimes either. I actually had a guy pass an interview and all his tests, and actually work for a day before calling and stating he decided to take a job offer somewhere else. It truly is a waste of time sometimes. Thank you for reading.

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