Many job seekers go to an interview but end up not getting the job because of they did something wrong. The best thing for job seekers to do is to ask for advice specifically from people who do hiring on what they expect and what they don’t. If you can get hold of an HR executive, ask them in simple terms what they want to see in an interview and what they loathe. If you can’t get one, that is why we are here.
So today, do you need advice from recruiters? We have compiled thoughts from various experts about interviews and put together 5 things you need to do and 7 that you don’t. These are general points and you need to guard yourself against any. Experts normally want to avoid poor candidates. Read this and avoid being known as “that horrible candidate,” instead being the perfect one who gets the position!
What NOT to do at an interview 1. Don’t swear in an interview no matter how casual the environment.
2. Don’t flirt with or ask your recruiter out – it’s not as charming as it sounds.
3. Never mention money/salary. Most companies will have already done research in order to provide the most competitive salaries possible for the position and location. Therefore, be aware that salaries will be relative to many factors such as location, experience, industry standards, academic levels and many more. Unless the recruiter brings up the topic, don’t dare ask.
4. Never talk bad about a co-worker, a previous employer, or fellow student to make yourself look better. In business there will be conflict, and we like to see how you turn negative situations into positive ones.
5. Don’t rush through an interview – don’t schedule appointments immediately following an interview in the event that it runs longer than anticipated.
How to make a good impression.
1. Let the recruiter know that you’re interested in the job and why you’d be a good fit.
2. Have examples ready for an interviewer’s questions (i.e. “Tell me about…”).
3. Let the recruiter know what impressed you about the company and how you connect to their mission.
4. Do research on the company.
5. Make good eye contact.
6. Have an idea of what you want to do. For example, if you’re a Finance major, have an idea of what areas of finance interest you.
7. Be yourself. Recruiters can tell when you’re being phony.