We at TribeHired are always helping our talents get ready for an interview. In order for them to leave the best possible impression, we have to make sure that a candidate is respectful and does the right thing during an interview.
When you’re looking for the right place to take your career to new heights, you’ve probably prepared the best you can for your interview. You’ve researched the company, you’ve reviewed your resume and maybe even practised some of the common questions asked during interviews. But do you know what you shouldn’t do?
Here are some tips we came up with:
1. Don’t show up late.
Research the location at least a day before your interview. Plan your journey so that you arrive at their doorstep 10 minutes before your appointment. Punctuality is key to leaving a good first impression.
2. Don’t be rude to the receptionist.
It can sometimes be easy to dismiss the person at the desk who seems to be tied up with phone calls and paperwork. Keep in mind this person acts as the company gatekeeper, and reports to the same people you want to impress. While he or she may not have the final say on your employment, leaving them with a poor impression of you can be just as detrimental to your chances.
3. Don’t wear inappropriate attire.
Big logos and text that can be distracting to the interviewer is a big no-no. No matter how relaxed the office may seem from their photos and videos, don’t show up in a jeans and T-shirt unless they’ve hired you and said it’s okay. One of our clients once had a candidate who wore a football jersey and hat. Not only did the candidate look unprofessional, but what if the interviewer didn’t support the same team!
4. Don’t forget your resume.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve posted it on their website and emailed it to them, bring a physical copy (make sure it’s quality print!) or two just in case. On top of that, prepare copies of your certificates to ensure that your potential employer has all the relevant documents about you. This shows preparedness and even if they don’t ask for it during the interview, you’ll look better going in with a folder.
5. Don’t say anything negative about former colleagues/employers.
Your focus on the negativity of a work experience displays immaturity and will make the interviewer perceive that you weren’t able to extract lessons from an unfavourable experience. This will show you in a negative light and make you seem untrustworthy. Your tendency to speaks o negatively about a past employer makes you a liability to any future employer too.
6. Don’t answer calls during an interview.
Keep your phone on silent throughout the interview. By picking up a call or answering a text during an interview, you are showing disrespect for the interviewer’s time and may leave the impression that you are disinterested. If your phone won’t stop going off, excuse yourself, tell the person on the other line that you will get back to them in a few hours, apologize to the interviewer and resume your full attention to excelling in the interview.
7. Don’t keep focus on the $$$.
Wait until you are offered the position to ask about salary and benefits. Or at the very least, don’t make it the only question you have about the position you’re interviewing for. It’s okay to prioritize your salary, especially if you are applying for a more senior position, but employers want people who are committed to the role and the company, not candidates who will jump at the next salary offer.
8. Don’t forget to follow-up.
Send a thank you note right away whether it be through email or post. Include a small reference to something that was brought up during the interview to leave a great impression and make the interviewer remember you better. This will also increase the chances of you getting a response quicker.
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