Let's be honest, job interviews are terrifying. There are so many things to keep in mind about what to say, how to impress, how to dress, how to show your future employer that you are perfect for the job! Every interview is different, so I've come up with a few general things to make sure you NEVER do in a job interview. Stay clear of these and you should be fine. If you choose to take on the challenge and do all of these things, then you'll probably walk out the same way you came in...without a job.
Turn Up Late
This is already rude is most situations – you’re not late for class, you’re not late for dinner with your friends, you really can’t afford to be late for a job interview. A friend once said to me “to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is unacceptable”. So live by his words and always organise yourself to be early. If you’re getting public transport, check the timetables the night before. If you’re driving, always leave extra time for traffic. If you’re walking, well, you have no excuse. And make sure you know where you are going! I’m terrible with directions, so I always have a screenshot of a map of my destination in my phone…just in case.
You Haven’t Googled the Company
If you rock up to a job interview without researching the company then you may as well pick yourself up and show yourself out. No doubt they will ask you questions like “why do you want to work for us?”, and yes, they really expect you to answer them. So make sure you know what you are talking about! Before the interview, Google the company, know what they stand for and what they strive to do. It will also give you more confidence in your interview – you know, when you actually know what you’re saying.
I’m not talking about being naked. Although, probably don’t do that either. I’m talking about showing off your tatts and piercings. No matter what industry you’re going into (unless you want to be a tattoo artists of course), it’s never a good look to wear all your facial piercings and show off your sleeve tattoos as a first impression. They will come out eventually, but best to get hired first. So ladies and gents, cover ‘em up, wear long sleeve shirts & take out that lip piercing for a few hours.
Leave Your Phone On
Yep, an absolutely terrible idea. Is there a phone call that you are going to really need to answer in the middle of your interview? If not, then I suggest putting it on silent or even turning the phone off altogether (I know, turn my phone off? What does that even mean?). if you receive a text or a call during your interview, that is going to reflect really really really badly on you. And chances are you’ll be receiving one less call in the future…
When your friend is trashing on another friend to you, all you think is “what do you say about me?”. Same rule applies in the professional world. If you are going to trash talk your current and previous employer, you’re the one that looks bad. Even if you've had a horrible experience, turn it around so your interviewer can see that you can deal with situations and overcome obstacles. And that you won’t be talking about them in the future. It’s common sense, just don’t do it.
If you do decide to challenge yourself and do all of these things in an interview...let us know. We'd love to hear how it went!