The Biggest Mistakes Made by Job Seekers: Part Two
Part Two: Interviews
For many job seekers, getting an interview isn’t a problem if they make use of professional agencies. They have a great, professional resume which is sent to the right people. But when it comes to sealing the deal, several mistakes are still being made. Always remember that selling yourself on paper is only half the battle. Getting a potential employer to go the distance and hire you is something completely different. Unfortunately, there are people who take this process for granted. Here are a few good examples of big, and ultimately fatal, mistakes:
Expecting an employer to look past your appearance and judge you solely on your capabilities is unreasonable. They have no idea who you are, except for the ten or twenty minutes they spend with you during an interview. Many job seekers show up to interviews looking as if they are on vacation—causal clothes, scruffy hair, and very high hopes. In a potential employer’s eyes, your appearance is a direct reflection of your work ethic. Even though it might not always be accurate, it’s all they have to work with. This doesn’t mean you have to rent a tuxedo, but it’s best to show them how you plan on presenting yourself on the job every day. Apart from just presenting yourself as a person with value, it proves that you regard the interview as a top priority and you don’t want to waste anybody’s time.
Opinions about Previous Employers
It can’t be stressed too much that your personal opinions about your previous employers have to be filtered. For example, if you left on bad terms, simply avoid saying anything negative. As the saying goes, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. Many job seekers assume that bad-mouthing a previous employer somehow shows loyalty to a new one. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, the potential employer will wonder, what is stopping you from spreading negative comments about them if this new job doesn’t work out? Always show respect for people you used to work for, even if the situation wasn’t pleasant.
Keeping the Focus in the Right Direction
Always remember that the purpose of the interview is to show the employer how much of an asset you will be. Don’t get caught up in personal stories and passionate opinions. There are employers who have no problem making the interview process very casual and relaxed, but this usually opens the door for sharing unnecessary information. The aim of the interview is to expand on how you will serve the company or business in a valuable way. The fact that you need an income is a given, so it doesn’t need to be part of your presentation. Instead, focus on the reasons why your skills are more valuable than the next person coming for an interview.
Regardless of how obvious these statements might seem, many job seekers are reading them for the first time. Don’t let these mistakes be the reasons you’re not getting called back for a second interview.
In case you missed it, check out the first half of this post “The Biggest Mistakes Made by Job Seekers: Part two” here.