3 Mistakes that could cost you your dream job

Interviews can be tough. You never know what the right thing to do is, or what is going to happen. The interviewer may not like something you say or something you do. Furthermore, just thinking about all of this makes you even more nervous than you were in the first place; and hence more likely to make mistakes. In reality, you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff so much. However, that being said, here is a list of 3 mistakes that just may cost you your dream job:

Coming in Unprepared for an Interview

One of the worst things you can do is to walk into an interview unprepared. This of course includes the basic things, like arriving late, not having a copy of your resume or references handy, but some of the major concerns occur when an interviewee arrives without having read the job description, or when they know nothing about the company or its board of directors. Some people don’t even know the full name of the company or what it actually does in the industry. All of this is a major faux pas. After all, the interviewer will debate that if you cannot even be bothered to prepare for an interview, how will you prepare for a presentation, a product launch, or a meeting with a client or the board? How can they trust you?

Lack of Communication or No Confidence

One of the other worse things you can do is show a lack of confidence. Again, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should the interviewer, or the company? Communication is key! The way you present yourself, the way you talk, and walk, i.e. your posture and body language, in addition to what you actually say, all present a picture of who you are. The nicer the picture, the more interested the interviewer, and hence the company will be. Nobody wants to hire a person who is a nervous mess. Everyone wants a go-getter, the person who will confidently walk up to someone, introduce themselves, and walk away with a new client. But honestly, nobody is that guy; majority of them fake that confidence that the rest of us covet. So what is their secret? Practice, they have faked that confidence so much that it has become a second nature. If you do something enough times, it becomes you. Hence, you become that confidence. So, before that interview practice talking to people, practice answering typical interview questions with confidence, and by the time you actually enter that practice room, you will exude confidence.

Negativity/Lying

The worst thing, WORST thing, anyone can do in an interview is to lie. If even for a moment, the interviewer suspects that you are lying or making up things, you can count yourselves out of the running. It is okay to exaggerate something up to a limit, but never ever lie about anything. Also don’t exaggerate to the point that it becomes unbelievable, because then the interviewer will think that you are lying, even if there are grains of truth in your story.

Also when asked something, never be negative about it. This includes questions like, “why did you leave your job?” Never answer something in the negative, such as “I didn’t like my boss”, or that “I didn’t get along with my boss.” Instead, try to frame it in a positive manner, such as “My supervisor and I had creative differences. So, I thought that it would be a good time to check out the other avenues.” Both say the same thing, but one sounds nicer. Also, never lie about these things even if the thing is negative, like you got fired. Be honest, and try to put a positive spin on it. Even if you can’t spin it, it is better to be honest and explain the situation than be caught lying, because then, no one will ask or believe your explanation. Remember, the interviewer just might call your previous bossed for a reference, and you don’t want to be caught in a web of lies. Nobody escapes a web of lies.  

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