Five Things You Should Never Do At An Interview

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To this day I get nervous going to interviews and yet it's a must for getting the job of my dreams or at least something close to it. I get anxious, lose sleep the night before from staying up late and struggling to find the perfect outfit. On top of that stress, preparing for potential interview questions is time consuming, but essential. Most of us know the basics of how to prepare for an interview (even if we don't always follow through), but what should we not do? Here are a few things you should never do at any interview!

1. Not preparing questions for the interviewer- I've unfortunately done this. After a long and nerve wracking interview all anyone wants to do is leave. By not asking questions it makes you seem uninterested so remember to prepare at least three questions. Here are a few examples.

What do you enjoy most about working here?
What does a typical day look like in this position?
Are there any formal training programs for this position?

2. Speaking badly of your former employers/employees- Ok maybe your last job sucked, but keep that to yourself. If you start bashing your last job they may get the impression that you'll do the same to them. Also remember, a lot of employers call your previous jobs for a reference check. For this reason, leave on good terms and speak kindly of your previous employers.

3. Arriving late- I think this is a no brainer, but I wanted to mention it anyway. First impressions are everything so don't start off with a bad impression before you even walk through the door. He/she may think you're being inconsiderate of their time and not taking the interview seriously. Set five alarms if you have to and grab two cups of coffee to get you going. Check the weather, have your outfit ready and your resume printed the night before.

4. Slouching- Confidence is key. Stand up nice and tall with your back straight. Even if you're not feeling confident, look the part. Look as though you're ready to accept a job offer. Body language says a lot and slouching looks unprofessional even though it may just be a bad habit.

5. Looking at your phone- We live in a world where having a cell phone is a must. How many times have you forgotten your phone at home and felt lost? *raises both hands.* Social media, texts and phone calls can wait and are only going to be a distraction anyway. Give your undivided attention to the person interviewing you. This will show how much you sincerely want the job.

Share your tips below and happy interviewing!

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Great tips! I'm Currently in the job market and I've been doing interviews for the past 2 weeks. Interviews are so stressful but being prepared makes then a lot less daunting!

    1. I completely agree! Good luck with your job hunt!


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