How to fail a job interview

  • Sweaty hands, shaky knees, and the feeling that you don't remember anything at all that needs to be said. We've all been through one of these...interviews. For those who have just graduated from college or decided to change careers, it will be helpful to know what not to do during an interview. 

     I’ve collected tips and tricks from the heads of the most famous companies in the world and added a couple of recommendations from myself.    


    Preparing for the Storm

     An interview doesn't start with a conversation. It starts the moment you walk into the company building where the interview will take place. Your shoulders should be squared, your posture is straight, your smile bright, and your attire appropriate. What you should wear to the interview depends on what role you're applying for and what your area of expertise is.

     The rule is this: creative companies, such as advertising agencies, welcome stylish outfits, and bright accessories.

     Business companies, suit. IT firms are more likely to be in favor of sporty styles. Not to be confused with sweatpants and a shabby suit. The main thing is to use logic in everything.

     For women - a minimum of jewelry and cosmetics. For men - a pleasant smell, clean shoes, and neat nails.


     A few words about your resume

     Your resume and letter of motivation (if required), should be without water, and only on the case. You don't have to write 10 volumes in the style of Leo Tolstoy. Two pages are enough for a CV. Check some free essays and samples to make it right.

     Now relax and remember forever what you should NOT do when you are at an interview.


    Coming unprepared is an interview, not a quiz

    There is nothing worse than coming unprepared. Learn everything you can about the company you want to work for.  


    Don't ask any questions

     After everything has gone well, at the end of the interview you will definitely be told, "Do you have any questions?" If you say "no" and run quickly to the door, your interviewer will get the idea that you don't really want the job. So prepare five questions in advance for such cases.   

     What questions should be excluded right away: all that concerns vacations, probationary period, and salary - you haven't got the job yet!  

     Panic, full freeze, and panic again  


    It's normal to get a little nervous during a job interview. But if you can't handle the excitement during the interview, you're unlikely to be able to handle the stress during the job. Even if you're ready to flunk out of fear and your stomach is letting you know it, stay calm.   


    Be 30 minutes late for an interview-they'll be so busy they won't notice, right?

     No. Plan in advance how to get to the place where the interview will take place. If the interview is scheduled at a time when everyone is rushing to or from work, it's best to get out early. Find out how else you can get to the right place in the case, for example, the bus or car breaks down or there are problems with the subway.

     It is better to wait in the reception area, or at the reception than to rush at full speed and be five minutes late.


    Talk without stopping

     As in most formal situations, during an interview, it is very important to think about your answer before you start talking. An interview is not a time to tell you’re irrelevant stories. Answers should be short and to the point. This is especially important during a "phone" interview.


    Tell the interview about all your work

     Absolutely not! The business analyst is unlikely to be interested in hearing about your experience as a waiter. Talk only about the experience you have at this job!


    Don't make eye contact and prop your head up with your hand - this interview is endless, and I'm tired! 

     Remember, it's not just what you say that matters, but how you do it. According to psychologists, crossing your arms over your chest, fidgeting or leaning back in your chair, looking at the floor is something you shouldn't do. Making eye contact with your interlocutor is, on the contrary, welcomed by all employers. 


    It doesn't hurt to lie a little - employers won't know the truth anyway. 

     And this is not the case. No need to lie that you speak five languages if you don't. Why brag about a prestigious job if it was really an unpaid internship? Very often employers verify such information, so if the truth comes out, you could lose your job.


    Weaknesses, what - such weaknesses?

     No one is looking for superheroes for jobs. However, if you can talk convincingly about your weaknesses as strengths, you win doubly.  


    You can never have too much self-confidence

     Being a "faded" candidate who gets lost against the wallpaper is not cool. However, self-confident people are also discouraging. Practice with your friends and acquaintances.     


    Not asking about the feedback is their loss, not mine

     No one likes the truth, but if you didn't get the job, ask employers why you weren't a good fit. Use this information to make sure you don't make the same mistake again and get the position next time.   

     If you ask about your interview impression to the employer, they will take it as a polite gesture, meaning that you really want the job.

     Don't add your interviewee on Facebook or Instagram right after the interview is over. Just send him a short email thanking the employer and asking if he needs more information.  


    Not bringing a portfolio or documents unless you've been asked to do so

     Mistake. Examples of work that can prove your credentials or are suitable for a new position will come in handy. Make sure your portfolio is neat. Don't forget to bring copies of your work in case employers need them.   

     The most important thing to remember about the job search is that you will have rejections. They are inevitable, but please don't doubt or criticize yourself. You will find a job.  So, as hard as it may be, chin up and go for it!   


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