So you got the called in for the interview but you blew it. Not really sure where you went wrong? There could be several factors, but below is a list of the most common. To make sure you don’t make any of these blunders on your next interview, follow the tips below.
1. You Didn’t Do Your Homework
One of the most cardinal sins of job interviewing is to show up unprepared, meaning you’re clueless about the job that you’re actually interviewing for. Do your research of the company way beforehand, including the company’s mission, history, as well projects the company has completed. Pick out something specific that you can single out that you like/admire. For example, if you are interviewing for a publication, select an issue that really blew your mind and state why. It’s also a great idea to research the “important” people in the office such as managers and executives— you don’t want to get caught in the elevator with one pre-interview and stick your foot in your mouth. Most of this information can be found on the company’s website or with a simple Google search. Not only will employers be impressed that you know so much, but your research will give you better insight to whether that’s the place you actually want to work for.
2. You Provided No Specific Example, Ideas
Just like when applying to colleges, employers want to know what you as an individual will bring to the table. That said, those who are most likely to get hired are applicants that are able to give specific examples on what/how he or she can contribute to the company. Do you have a unique set of skills? How did you learn those skills? Any previous job or leadership positions teach you? Do you have a great idea that will make the company better?
3. You Brought up the Subject of Money
Your earning salary is something that you should definitely be addressed at some point, but refrain from talking about money until the interviewer brings is up. Otherwise, you just appear money hungry and employers aren’t interested in applicants that solely are concerned about pay. When the matter is brought forth however, do make sure that you state the salary you were hoping for and make an argument for it—were you getting paid more at your previous job? Do you need to compensate for moving out of state expenses? Etc.
4. No Long-Term Commitment Potential
Lastly, one of the most aggravating things an employer can do is hire someone who really only intends on staying for a short time (or until something better comes a long)—it takes time and money to hire someone new, and employers don’t want to bring someone on the team that doesn’t plan on staying. So when the interviewer asks you where you see yourself in X amount of years, don’t say something that isn’t related to the company you’re applying for—say you hope to hold a leadership position, etc.
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.