1. Not Preparing
Think of your next job interview as a test. Make sure you have knowledge of the company so you can show how interested you are in the position. You can research more about the company, including updated business models, or new business deals. Doing this shows you’re focused. At the same time, preparation gives you more confidence during the interview process.
2. Failing to Get to Know the Interviewer Beforehand
It helps to know something about the person interviewing you before you start the conversation. This is a great ice breaker that allows you to build rapport at the same time. You may have a shared interest that you can talk about, or may even have mutual friends you were not aware of.
3. Not Dressing Up Professionally
Make sure to show up wearing the right outfit for the interview. Look sharp, clean and neat in order to make a positive first impression. You don’t want to look too casual, or messy (as if you’re not taking the interview seriously).
4. Being Late
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview to give yourself some time to prepare and calm your nerves. Being early helps build the image that you’re organized enough to show up on time.
5. Using Your Mobile Phone
It is incredibly rude to check your phone during an interview. It can come across as though you aren’t really interested in talking with the interviewer. (Don’t forget to turn off your phone before entering the room.) You can use pen and paper if you need to take notes.
6. Not Asking About the Next Steps
Feel free to ask any questions you have after the interview. (Avoid asking questions that have obvious answers.) Be sure to ask about what you should expect in the next phase of the hiring process.