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Nobody loves job interviews. They might be scary no matter what level you are in your industry. There's a lot of pressure involved since you're in yet another position where you have to make a good impression on a possible employer—with the extra complexity of having to talk virtually on the run. Unfortunately, it's all too simple to say the incorrect thing in this scenario. Here are some of the most frequent interview blunders we've seen and how to prevent them.
Dissing Your Former Employer
Don't mention anything nasty about your old employer, even if she was the Wicked Witch of the Workforce. Instead of stating that you left your previous work to escape your micromanaging boss, state that you are searching for an employer that will maximize your skills and enable you to actually contribute to the firm. Instead of talking about what you disliked about your previous employment, concentrate on what you like about the one you're interviewing with.
Oversharing Your Location
Although remote work is becoming more popular in today's business environment, certain firms and sectors still demand workers to go to the corporate office at least once a week or month. As a result, they are searching for someone that lives near to the workplace. Someone who lives too far away from headquarters to travel a reasonable distance or who need time to relocate across the nation may not be picked above the other contenders. It's never worth it to lie on your resume about where you live only to get a job, nor is it worth it to attempt to negotiate your way into a job by confessing you live too far away but your abilities are so vital they should change the position's criteria especially for you. Your location is still visible to employers on your executive LinkedIn profile.
Lack of Contact After the Interview
Even if you do not obtain the job, your communication with the interviewer does not cease after the interview. Consider the time the employer has already put in you and reply appropriately. If merely to make a good impression, write a formal thank you note to your potential employer for their time invested on the recruiting process. We understand that you are most likely incredibly busy, but you should set aside time following your interview to sit down and follow up with the organization. Failure to express gratitude may leave a poor taste in an employer's mouth, causing them to reconsider keeping in contact with you. As you may know, individuals in your industry speak, and a negative taste may spread to other executives and firms in your sector. Even if you don't get the job, your efforts will be appreciated! The employer may keep you in mind for future positions or forward your information to another company that might benefit from your qualifications.
Some jargon will simply become a part of everyday business discussion. However, you should not use so much business jargon that folks around you require a dictionary to understand what you're saying! There is such a thing as too much specialist terminology, even among individuals in your business. While your colleagues may understand what you're saying, it's conceivable that your interviewer works in another department (such as human resources) and isn't as proficient. By employing business jargon, you might seem arrogant or confident to the interviewer. It may also be distracting to those who are interviewing, causing them to lose out on recognizing the value you are attempting to exhibit.
Speaking Without Listening
Interviews tell far more about a prospective candidate than simply the responses to certain questions. The interviewer is attempting to figure out how people react in different scenarios, therefore they are watching you intently. If you're rehearsing your "hire me" job speech in your thoughts, waiting for the opportunity to offer it, you're not going to hear the questions they ask. You'll be addressing questions you anticipate they'll ask, which is not the same thing. Speaking without listening is a red flag since it implies that if you don't listen now, in the job interview, you won't listen afterwards, on the job. It is an useful practice technique to consider potential interview questions. However, you are not rehearsing a script, and the interview may not include such questions at all. It is preferable to ensure that you genuinely hear what is being asked so that you may respond.
It's a terrific feeling to know that a firm loves the sound of you enough to ask you to an interview, and now is the moment to truly shine. Keep these points in mind as you prepare for the interview in order to promote yourself as the finest applicant for the job.