Did you know that for a lot of job interviews ( especially the non-technical ones), your confidence and relationship building abilities matter more than anything else. You don’t always have to be a subject matter expert- the interviewers are really looking to understand how much you are willing to learn and how well you will fit into your team and as part of the company.
Having said that, here are a few mistakes you should totally avoid when going through the job interview process.
1. Not dressing up for success
Based on the company you are interviewing for, the dress code might be slightly different. For example, some of the tech companies don’t have a formal dress code or anything of that sort. But when you’re interviewing, you want to make sure you’re getting your best self across to the interviewer and one of the easiest ways to get that best first impression is to dress up in a way that makes you comfortable, but it’s also telling the interviewer that you are really interested in this job and you are serious about getting hired.
You want to make sure you stand out and are taken seriously when you’re being interviewed. The way you dress shows the person who’s interviewing you that you are serious about this and you have put in that extra effort.
2.Not researching the company before the interview
So before you go into an interview, you want to make sure you have read about the culture the values of the company. And your know how the company operates. Because there might be some conversations as part of your interview that might involve you know, like some questions or opinions or about the company and you want to make sure you understand that.
Also, researching the company may helps you come up with the right questions to ask your interviewer. You also want to make sure you want to research of the company has been in the news recently and bring that up as part of your conversation to show the interviewer that you’ve done your research.
3.Being Late for the interview
if if you take one thing out of this blog post, take this you should never be late for an interview. It is instant you should be early and of course you can’t control whether the interview is late or not. But on your side since you are you want to bring the fact across that you want this job.
You want to make sure that you’re showing that you care and one of the easiest ways to do that is to be a little early for an interview. And again, it’s this if you’re on time you’re actually live so you want to make sure you’re on there.
4.Not asking questions
This is one of the most frequent mistakes I see people make. You are always going to be asked at the end of the interview whether or not you have questions and you always want to have some questions prepared for the interview. This is because if you don’t have any questions, the interviewer has no way to know whether you’ve thought about this job, the work you’re going to do, and about how you’re going to fit into the organization.
Asking questions also give you an opportunity to understand if the company is the right fit for you. So you might want to ask questions around the culture of the organization, the day to day operations for someone in this role, as well as you could ask some questions about the interviewers experience being a organization.
5.Being passive during the interview – Avoiding eye contact and being fidgety
The next thing is being fidgety. Not making eye contact. So research shows that eye contact is really important in order to come across as someone who’s confident and is listening and is also you know give giving it gives importance to the conversation. So you want to make sure you make eye contact you don’t fidget too much. And you are really involved in the discussion.
6.Not rearching the interviewer
Make sure that you look at the interview word on LinkedIn to look at their background, their interests, and their work history. This could be a great way for you to find out some points that you could connect with the interviewer on for example, if you’re from same school that gives you a great opportunity to start a conversation around that. Even though interviews are short, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. It gives you it’s giving you a chance to build a rapport connection with the interviewer and this is a great opportunity to do just that.
7.Not following up with a thank you note
Always always send a thank you note to your interviewer. They might not even read it but like a lot of times it can really separate you from the other interviewees because it just tells the interviewer that you know, you would you’re going that extra mile to not only be really engaged in the interview, but you’re also following up with a thank you note, touch on some points that were like really good and just reiterate the fact why you’re right for the job.