Even the most prepared & polished candidates can make mistakes without realizing it. Here are a few different ways you could be sabotaging your chances of landing a job:
Just Winging It
When it comes to interview preparation, most people perform the basics such as company research, reading the company website, choosing their clothes, etc. However, few go into the interview with a much higher level of preparation. Winging it, with little to no preparation, is never an effective strategy.
Body language is one of the most important and memorable impressions you can make on someone. One of the most subtle job interview mistakes you could be make is negative body language. These include signals such as a lack of eye contact, fidgeting, and slumping. All these signs of negative body language can make you come across as nervous or disengaged… or simply show a lack of confidence, something a potential employer is not looking for in a potential superstar.
Always Remember Why You Applied to the Job
If you are changing jobs and applying to numerous openings, it’s easy to forget which specific roles and companies you applied to. When an interview comes, it’s important to re-familiarize yourself with the details to ensure you remember how you are qualified for the role and why you were interested in the first place. This will ensure you are prepared for the process ahead as you interview and meet your prospective employer.
Use Your Time Wisely!
Employers have already had a chance to review your resume before inviting you in to interview. Do NOT use your face-to-face time to simply rehash the details of your resume. Instead provide specific examples in the form of a real life example or story of how you’ve used those skills to solve a problem or challenge. Painting that picture for a potential employer will leave a lasting impression in their mind of how valuable and effective you can be based upon real world experience. It also demonstrates an extreme opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills and ability to prioritize and articulate your thoughts.