When you interview for a job right out of school, it is not your experience the interviewer is looking for…you have none. Interviewers look for someone who shows potential and a willingness to learn. Your behaviour in the interview will determine it you move forward to the next interview. Avoid these fatal mistakes:
1. Poor interview manners:
Don’t ever arrive late. Always shake hands, smile and make eye contact
2. Poor appearance:
Always dress for the position, neat and clean,“First impressions are critical and they last”
3. Unrealistic demands about the job:
Talk about the opportunities to learn and desire to contribute rather than what you can do for them. Remember, you haven’t got the job yet
4. Unrealistic salary demands:
The interviewer and company know what they are going to pay you. Do not ask about salary in the first interview
5. Knowing little about the company:
Arrive prepared. Know as much about the company and the job as you can before the interview
6. Talking too much in the interview:
Learn to listen. Make your point and listen to the response
7. Talking too little:
Answer questions fully and give all the information requested. Make sure you say all the things you want to say.
8. Being too charming:
Don’t overdo it or try to be too clever. Don’t look superficial
9. Being overly modest:
Don’t be afraid to blow your own horn
Talk about your accomplishments awards etc.
10. Lack of follow-up
After the interview always send a ‘thank you’ note. Always!