Below we have highlighted the mistakes you may be making in job interviews and how to avoid repeating them in the future.
We’ve all been there – you attend interview after interview and you say and do all the right things yet for some reason you’re not getting any job offers.
While this could be down to a number of factors including you’re under or overqualified for the roles you’re applying for, there’s a strong possibility that you’re doing something which is putting interviewers off.
It can be hard to analyse your own performance in an interview however and unless you get brutally honest feedback from the recruiter, you’ll remain blissfully unaware of any bad habits you may have picked up. Below we have highlighted the mistakes you may be making in job interviews and how to avoid repeating them in the future.
You’re rehearsing too much
It is of course very important to prepare for any job interview but if you’re simply rolling out a rehearsed reply to all of the questions, the interviewer isn’t going to get an insight into what you’re really like as a person.
Furthermore, if you have a set answer for everything, chances are that you’re not going to fully answer questions and if the interviewer isn’t hearing what they need to hear, they’re very unlikely to call you back for a second interview.
You’re being too honest
You really do want to be yourself in job interviews – after all, you want to know that you and your colleagues are going to work well together. It isn’t a good idea however to tell interviewers your whole life story, inform them that you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning and go on about how much you hated your last boss.
If you’re prone to oversharing, try to establish what is and isn’t appropriate before you walk into the interview room. If you often end up panicking when asked to tell the interviewer about yourself, come up with five points which are relevant to the job and portray you in a positive and professional manner.
Being too early
There’s nothing worse than turning up to a job interview late and flustered. Try not to be more than 15 minutes early however. Not only does this make the interviewer feel under pressure to see you earlier when they may have a lot of other things to get done, but sitting there waiting for a long time will only make you feel even more nervous.
Not doing your research
If you’ve ever secured an interview through a recruitment agency, you can guarantee that they advised you to research the company beforehand. There’s very good reason for this – companies aren’t interested in hiring someone who has made zero effort to understand what the role entails or what kind of organisation they might be working for.
Think about your experience and how it relates to the role you’re going for, research the company’s vision and how your position contributes to it and don’t be afraid to look up the interviewer as well because this could really help you to connect with them.
If you would like help securing your next role, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.