There are a million ways to screw up a face-to-face interview. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but it certainly seems as though there are that many ways.
In fact, we’ve discussed some of those ways at length in this blog, including with the following posts:
“5 Obvious Interview Mistakes (That People Keep Making)”
“4 Not-So-Obvious Interview Mistakes”
You’d think that nine mistakes are more than enough to avoid, and if you did avoid them, you’d be guaranteed to ace the interview. Think again. Even if you do so, there are other mistakes “lurking in the shadows,” ready to sabotage your efforts.
To help us explore these other mistakes, we’re enlisting the help of a recent article by Kentin Waits on the WiseBread.com website. The title of that article is “10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview.”
Below are yet four more interview mistakes to avoid:
#1—Sitting down before you’re invited to do so.
Yes, you’re a go-getter and you’re eager to begin the interview so you can show everybody how great you are, but follow accepted professional protocol. Wait until somebody invites you to sit down. Then do so and respond with a thank-you.
Your body language sends unspoken messages to the people interviewing you. Send them the best messages possible by sitting up straight. It signals that you’re paying attention and you’re interested in what they have to say.
Organizations want confident employees who can communicate well. Mumbling basically represents the opposite of those characteristics. Speak up and speak clearly.
This is the unfortunate practice of altering the tone of your voice at the end of statements to make the statements sound like questions. It’s usually done unconsciously, but once again, it conveys uncertainty and a lack of confidence.
Click here to read the WiseBread.com article and discover its other seven interview mistakes.
Time Staffing Inc.