There aren’t many things in life more nerve-wracking than going to a job interview. Imagine walking into a room as the interviewer scans through (and perhaps judging) your work experience and achievements. You, looking all sharp and fabulous like you were about to walk up the stage, trying to look calm and confident despite being a nervous wreck.
Interviews aren’t always easy. No matter how prepared you are for it, there will be some cases when you’re just, well, not.
So, to help you with acing your next job interview, here are 9 things you should NEVER do when you’re up for one.
1. Don’t try to be the boss too soon.
When they ask you where you see yourself in 5 years time do not, I repeat DO NOT… shove the boss out of the chair, sit on it and say ‘Here’.
2. Don’t be too honest.
Never say anything negative about yourself unless you can say how you are going to fix it.
3. Don’t be desperate.
I need this job I can’t get on a lot of places because I can’t pass a drug test”
I have heard this line.
4. Don’t be too casual or comfortable.
Chewing gum – especially bubble gum – during the job interview.
I once had an applicant sit there chewing bubble gum. At first I thought it might be a t,” but when he blew a bubble while I was referring to his resume, that did it.
5. Don’t ask the unnecessary questions.
Don’t ask if the drug test.
6. Don’t babysit during an interview.
Do not bring your children to a job interview.
7. Don’t be the baby, either.
Or your parents. This apparently happens now.
8. Don’t be rude, obviously.
Talking over the interviewers while they’re asking you a question or answering one of yours.
9. Don’t make it all about yourself.
In general, making it all about you, instead of focusing on how you will be a good solution for the person interviewing you.
This includes asking about salary and time off too early (wait for the offer), saying you want the job because of various personal needs (need the money, hours are good for me taking care of kids), answering “tell me about yourself” with a bunch of family and hobby stuff (this question is reality about your skills and career trajectory, not your personal life).
In an interview, the interviewer is thinking, “can this person solve the problems that led to me hiring for this position.” Try to answer those questions instead of asking, “how will this job help me.”