Avoid top 10 interview mistakes


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Avoid top 10 interview mistakes

  1. 1. How to Avoid Top 10Interview Mistakes <br />
  2. 2. Lying<br />1<br />It doesn’t work<br />After a point you will need to back it up with substance<br />By all means gloss over the unflattering parts<br />Outright fibbing doesn’t work<br />
  3. 3. Slating your Current Company or Boss<br />Job interviews are not the time to seek revenge<br />Interviewer will be listening to you and wondering what it will be like to work with you<br />Interviewers draw massive conclusions from your answers<br />Your answer about your boss may be interpreted as your ‘standard’ way of thinking.<br />Makes you look bad, not your employer<br />2<br />
  4. 4. Being Rude<br />If it happens inadvertently, apologize calmly and genuinely<br />If you dwell on it, it will affect your performance<br />What’ s rude?<br />Avoid jokes and sensitive topics<br />Do not be too ‘pally’ with the interviewer<br />Remember<br />Anyone you meet could be involved in the selection process<br />Blanking the receptionist or talking down to the junior members of staff could cost you the job. <br />3<br />
  5. 5. Complaining<br />4<br />Complaining about something shouldn’t serve as the icebreaker in the interview.<br />It may seem completely harmless to you but may make the interviewer completely switch off<br />Don’t let the complaining set the tone of the interview.<br />
  6. 6. Talking about people you don’t get on with at work<br />5<br />Companies realize the importance of interpersonal relationships in the working environment.<br />If they ask you about difficult people or situations, make sure you hold back from character assassination and blaming others. It won't do you any favors<br />If you accidentally do "break" this rule, apologize and explain what you "really" meant. <br />
  7. 7. Not Being Prepared<br />6<br />Re-read the relevant version of your CV and the job advert, just before the interview. <br />Many don’t remember what they wrote in the CV<br />And if you remember what type of person the job advert was looking for, it's easier to demonstrate that you have those qualities. <br />Make sure you've brought with you everything you were asked for – stationary, support documents etc.<br />
  8. 8. Appearing too nervous or too confident<br />7<br />If you appear too nervous they'll think you're not confident enough to do the job<br />However, appearing too confident will make them think you won't fit into the team.<br />If interview nerves are an issue for you, it's worth getting practical help from a professional, such as an interview coach. <br />
  9. 9. Making a weak First Impression<br />8<br />A lot of "don't want to hire them" decisions are made in the first few minutes of contact.<br />If you make a strong first impression, the interviewer will be more inclined to overlook "imperfections" in your answers. <br />
  10. 10. Not Having Researched the Company<br />9<br />The more famous the brand, the more they will expect you to have done your homework<br />Researching the company shows you're serious about the job<br />
  11. 11. Making a Mistake while Taking a Stand on Something<br />You don’t want to make a mistake but you might at times.<br />Be prepared to simply say "sorry, that's not what I meant!" <br />This requires you to actually be paying attention to the interviewer, rather than yourself<br />Once you've apologized, leave it there, take a deep breath to help you relax and move on with the interview.<br />10<br />
  12. 12. Thank you! <br />For regular updates on the Indian job scene, visit<br />http://www.monsterindia.com/<br />