Making a Good First Impression
You might be a top player in your field, even the cream of the crop. However, if you don’t know how to ace an interview, you may miss out on landing your dream job. If the offers aren’t flooding in like they should, it’s time to introspect. Could you, unknowingly, be sabotaging your chances?
The mistakes candidates often make are easily fixable. Let’s explore some common blunders and provide pointers on how to sidestep them:
The Right Attitude
Your attitude during an interview is a crucial balancing act. You need to come across as confident, yet not cross the line into arrogance, which can be a huge turn-off for employers. Understand and respect the subtle difference between confidence and arrogance. You’re walking on a tightrope here – tread with caution!
Body Language During the Interview
Maintain an interested and alert demeanor, showing genuine enthusiasm for your career and the opportunity at hand. Allow your voice and body language to reflect your keen interest. Avoid distractions such as checking your phone or watch during the conversation. Some candidates, fearful of appearing desperate, overcompensate by acting too casual – this can backfire. Relax, be authentic, and let your personality and professional skills do the talking.
An interviewer gauges your suitability for the role by listening to your responses. If your answers suggest you’re not fully attentive, it might cost you the opportunity. Show that you’re actively listening by asking relevant questions and providing concise, to-the-point responses.
Your attire speaks volumes about your professionalism and your regard for the company you’re interviewing with. Inappropriate dress can come across as disrespectful and unprofessional. If you’re unsure about what to wear, don’t hesitate to ask your recruiter or company contact about the dress code.
Respecting Former Employers
Perhaps you’ve had unpleasant experiences with past or current employers. Regardless, don’t let bitterness seep into your narrative during an interview. If asked why you’re leaving your current job, express your reasons honestly but without falling into negativity or emotional overtones.
Chatty Cathy Syndrome
Some candidates fall into the trap of oversharing, giving the interviewer more insight than necessary. Avoid discussing personal matters or slandering previous employers. Keep your communication succinct, relevant, and positive.
Harmony is Key
Allow your interviewer to set the tone and pace of the conversation. Be attentive to their body language and facial expressions to build rapport. If you’re uncertain whether your response hit the mark, don’t hesitate to ask them directly if you’ve answered their question adequately.
Don’t Wing It
If you struggle with interviews or rarely make it to subsequent rounds, it could be time to seek help from a Career Coach. Through mock interviews, they can provide you with valuable insights into your interviewing strengths and weaknesses and teach you how to navigate different interviewing styles. This practice can bolster your confidence, preparing you to ace your next interview.
Have you ever had an interview that went south? What would you do differently if given another chance?
Anjela Mangrum, the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions, is a trusted authority in executive recruitment for the manufacturing industry! She’s dedicated to matching top-tier candidates with rewarding opportunities in the field. Connect with her on LinkedIn and join the MCS LinkedIn group for the latest in manufacturing recruitment news and trends. Let’s partner in your hiring success!