Some experts say that the interlocutor draws conclusions about us in 1/10 of a second. In order to make a good impression on the employer, this time is negligible. However, you can prepare in advance to appear in all splendor at an important interview and show your best qualities.
At Happy Worthy Life, we love our readers and want you to find and get a job easily and simply. Therefore, we made a list of typical mistakes that people make before and at the very beginning of the interview. And all so that you never repeat them.
Mistake № 1: apply a strong odor perfume (even if you like it)
Scientists say that 30% of people hate strong smells, and it doesn’t matter if it’s expensive French perfume, cheap cigarettes, or even the smell of sweat. Particularly sensitive individuals have a headache, nausea and watery eyes. Perhaps among them is your future boss, so why take the risk?
In order not to scare others around with your smell, you need to do a few simple things:
- Do not apply perfume and a sharp-smelling body lotion at the same time. Dissonance of odors can cause nausea.
- If you sprayed perfume on yourself and a wet spot remains on your skin, then you have gone too far and people around will be tormented by the smell.
- Before interviewing, do not lean on pungent foods such as tuna, boiled eggs, or onions.
Mistake number № 2: watch TV shows in the evening
We have not imagined life without a smartphone or laptop for a long time, but it is better to forget about them before the interview. And all because of the blue glow that comes from the screen of the device. Recently, doctors have discovered that light from electronic devices affects vision, causes insomnia, and sometimes even depression.
A sleepy person with circles under his eyes, like a panda, makes an unimportant impression. In addition, due to lack of sleep, you will not be able to think well and will not be able to correctly answer the eychar’s questions. Postpone watching the show tonight and reading the news the next day to get a good night’s sleep.
Mistake number № 3: trying to charm the personnel officer
A 20-year-old headhunter, Susan Joyce, has compiled a list of questions that destroy a job’s reputation. One of the most terrifying mistakes is an attempt to flirt with a personnel officer or other office personnel.
Sitting in line for an interview, do not even try to find out the marital status of future colleagues and even more so invite someone for a cup of coffee. The employer will immediately have the feeling that the main thing for you is not a job search, but romantic adventures.
Mistake number № 4: discuss personal topics and tell your whole biography
Experienced personnel officers advise to adhere to a friendly tone, but do not slip into familiarity. You should not talk about your adventures on the weekend, mistakes of youth, discuss relatives or show photos of children / pets.
You do not know how the employer will react to your (albeit funny) stories, – maybe he does not approve of drinking or hates cats. It is better to focus on your professional qualities, and leave personal for friends.
Mistake number № 5: do not bring a bottle of water or juice
Before leaving the house, put a bottle of clean water or another unsweetened drink in your bag. During an interview with a headhunter, your mouth may get dry, so water will be very helpful.
In addition, a request for a drink can distract the personnel officer and the interview will not go according to the scenario that you planned. And dry lips cause you to feel sick or overworked.
Mistake number № 6: give free rein to your nerves and sweat like in a sauna
Sweaty palms, a wet shirt and a brilliant forehead – a terrible dream of any candidate for an interview. This is not just ugly – a sweating person makes an unpleasant impression. It seems to those around you that you are too worried and therefore not confident in yourself. Or maybe you’re hiding something.
In order not to become disgraced, drink cold water – it will slightly lower your body temperature. And do not forget to grab a handkerchief so that you do not have to wipe your sweating palms on your trousers or skirt (this awkward gesture is sure to be noticed).
Mistake number № 7: use unprofessional e-mail or nickname
For business correspondence like sending a resume, it is better to have a separate mail. The mailbox address must be directly related to your real name. Firstly, the employer identifies you faster, and secondly, inappropriate nicknames speak of unprofessionalism (although this may not be so at all).
This rule also applies to remote interviews, for example via Skype. Your nickname should be easy to read and certainly not reminiscent of obscene expressions.
Mistake № 8: pronounce the word that makes you the weakest candidate
Many people know that it’s not necessary to say “sorry / sorry” a thousand times, because this makes you unsure of being quiet in the eyes of the person you are talking to. However, there is another word that imperceptibly lowers your social status.
Expressions like “I just wanted / it just seems to me / could you just” give all the trump cards in the conversation to your vis-a-vis, and you find yourself in a subordinate position. You already make excuses in advance, although you haven’t yet.
Mistake number № 9: bring coffee in a plastic cup
Even if you are an avid coffee lover, discard an invigorating takeaway drink. At the interview, the glass will only distract: taking a sip, you can skip the question, and your hands will be busy.
Better grab your business cards, a second copy of your resume or portfolio in case the first gets lost in the bowels of the personnel table.
Mistake number № 10: do not disassemble the mess in your purse
On the eve of the interview, conduct an audit in your purse / backpack / briefcase and get rid of all unnecessary. It will be a shame if you have to get a copy of a resume or a paper scarf, and they will be pulled by keys, tampons and a comb wrapped in earphone wires. In addition, the “creative mess” speaks of your disorganization, which is unlikely to please the employer.
Mistake № 11: Drink Caffeinated Drinks Shortly Before the Interview
Drinks and foods containing caffeine can disrupt your interview. Firstly, a lot of adrenaline is thrown from coffee into the blood, because of which palms sweat and hands shake. And secondly, coffee has a diuretic and laxative effect. We know that coffee lovers cannot live without their favorite drink, and we do not urge you to completely abandon it, but before an interview, such measures are a temporary necessity.
Mistake number № 12: do not read your resume before submitting
In fact, even the most educated people make mistakes. When submitting a resume, it is not the fact of a typo that is terrible, but the fact that the applicant did not bother to re-read his opus or check it in a text editor. The personnel officer may regard this as neglect.
Perhaps, in order to get a good job, you can try and follow the recommendations from our list. Do you have secrets or rituals that help you tune in to an interview and pass it without having to face your face?