Interview preparation doesn’t have to cause anxiety. Remaining calm and finding ways to keep your mind off of the interview are just two ways to prepare yourself. However, interview preparation takes more than just putting your nerves to rest – it involves knowing what to do and what not to do once you get to the interview. If you’re in the process of searching for and interviewing for a new job, keep these tips in mind.
- Don’t Get Too Personal
When doing interview preparation, plan to include information that pertains to the job and not your personal life. Your prospective employer only cares about the job; not anything that has to do with who you are outside of a job environment. He or she doesn’t care how you desperately need this job because you have been unemployed for an extended period of time. Instead, focus only on your qualifications and suitability for the position.
- Don’t Lie
You’re not doing yourself any favors by lying on your resume or during the interview. The employer may know by the expressions on your face or your nervousness. Plus, with technology, it’s very easy to fact check and discover that you never worked at a place or don’t have the education you claimed to possess.
- Don’t Be Late
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is being late. It makes you appear unreliable and disorganised – not a first impression you want to make. The interviewer may not hire you because he or she could feel that if you couldn’t come to the interview on time, you may not come to work on time. If you have to be late due to an emergency, and a serious emergency only, make sure you contact the interviewer in advance first.
- Don’t Ramble
Don’t ramble aimlessly with your answers when asked a question – especially if you don’t have an answer prepared. Speak clear and concisely at all times. Practice some potential answers before you walk into the interview as an interview preparation technique. Good interview preparation typically involves rehearsing potential questions ahead of time with a friend. If the question asked wasn’t one you went over during interview preparation, take a moment to think before you speak.
- Don’t Use Excessive Body Language
Try not to fidget unnecessarily during an interview, even if you are nervous. During interview preparation, learn to sit with good posture and remain that way because employers look at this as a sign of confidence. A firm handshake is the only time you need to have physical contact with the employer.
- Don’t’ Talk Negatively About Your Current Or Past Employer
Speaking negatively about your past employers, as this can raise a red flag. Speaking poorly of your employer will leave your interviewer worried about what you’re going to say about his or her establishment after working there.
During interview preparation, you may want to rehearse an interview from start to finish. This will allow you to feel confident. You’ll also be able to practice habits like sitting still or speaking clearly during your next interview. For more interview preparation tips, stay tuned to the All Personnel blog!