10 Mistakes People Make During and Interview...and Why
By David Moir
Using a recruiter can really help give a boost to your job search. Especially in an economy where so many people are still looking for work. The job market it crowded and employers are looking to hire the best people!
That's where we come in at M Force Staffing. We help you to cut through the clutter. Think of us as your agent. It's our job to find jobs, prepare you for interviews and place you in careers with our clients.
Of course, this service doesn't cost you a penny!
During the process of interviewing there are some pretty common mistakes that you need to be aware of. Blogger J.T. O'Donnell has published this list of "10 Things Recruiters Won't Tell You." I believe it's our job at M Force to help you be the best candidate you can be.
1. Your interview attire is outdated/messy/too tight/too revealing/too flashy.
2. Your physical appearance is disheveled/outdated/sloppy/smelly/overpowering (i.e. too much perfume).
The most important thing to remember here is to dress in a way that is appropriate for the job. You don't want to wear a tux to an interview for a manufacturing position. You also don't want to wear boots and a dirty t shirt to an interview for an office position. Of course, clean close and a shave are always appropriate. Use your judgement and don't overdo it!
3. Your eye contact is weak/shifty/intense.
4. Your handshake is limp/too forceful/clammy.
First impressions are EVERYTHING. If you don't make good eye contact or have a bad handshake, you've already put yourself in a hole. Lots of people practice answering interview questions, why not practice making eye contact and giving a good handshake?
5. You say ah/um/like too much.
6. You talk too much/use poor grammar/say inappropriate things (i.e. swearing) when you answer interview questions.
7. You appear overconfident/pushy/self-centered/insecure/aloof/ditzy/scatter-brained/desperate.
8. You talk too fast/too slow/too loud/too soft.
9. You giggle/fidget/act awkward/have facial tics/lack expression.
10. You lack sincerity/self-confidence/clarity/conviction.
These last 5 things deal with your verbal and non verbal cues during the interview. And each one has the ability to sink your chances at a new job. I've seen it happen! Sure, you may not be interviewing for a job that will require you to speak like a professor at Harvard, but it's always a good idea to come off as knowledgeable and educated.
Don't forget to relax either! Many of these issues arise because of anxiety and stress. Remember, an interview is just a conversation. It's just as important to get a feel for how the company works as it is for them to learn more about you.
Don't be afraid to practice with someone you trust. Encourage them to give you honest and sincere advice. This will help out tremendously in the long run!
Sr. IT Recruiter