The mistakes our young graduates are making during the job interview is now rampant. The mistakes have to be addressed for the upcoming generations, not fall into it. Our graduates believe once they’ve got a well-written resume that passes ATS, they will
automatically have the job. Hell No! The resume that passed the ATS only gives you an edge to have a physical interview with your employer, either oral or written.
There are many job interview mistakes that people commit. We can only talk a few about them. “According to at least one recruitment expert, it takes, on average, 14 initial interviews to eventually get a job offer. One major reason for the high number of
interviews is that most candidates typically make several common mistakes. These are the blunders that happen in so many interviews that they “contaminate” any chance of getting hired.”
After four, five, or six years in the university acquiring skills, learning, and re-learning to make you more marketable. Just make sure you don’t waste all those years of education and skills upgrading and blow it off at a lousy job interview.
What are some of the biggest job interview mistakes?
I had a chat with a job recruiter a few months back, and we discussed job interview mistakes making by the grads before and during the interview.
He said there are 50 seasoned college recruiters from top-level corporations, and universities say are the biggest mistakes college grads make in job interviews. The question is, do you also make any of these mistakes? If you’re a student that hasn’t interviewed before, stay away from the below mistakes.
- Not paying attention to YOU on the internet: your employer or future boss takes their time to do “Google search” on you before they decide to call you in for an interview. I discovered that about 45% of recruiters now go beyond Google and search for your social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. So, think twice about what you post online, even if you feel you secured by password. How does this mean for you and your online personal? Think twice before you post those nude and scary photos on your facebook page or a picture of you passed out on your friend’s living room couch on your blog. Veda Jeffries from Stanford University, says, “Students feel that Facebook, etc. is their thing, but it’s difficult to erase negatives about who you are when it is open to anyone and everyone.”
Pay attention to whatever you post on your social media. Negative comments from a professor, internship mates, or using bad language may find you out of a job. Privacy virtually non-existence on the internet. As soon as you post it, it gets to millions of people across the globe.
- Another job interview mistake is to fail to research the company: This is common to most of the employees when preparing for a job interview. It seems obvious, but many people don’t do their homework and find out about the company for which they hope to work. For instance, have you gone to the company website if they have one? Do you know the name of the CEO? Do you know the name of their biggest competitor? Failure to know all the information about the company means you don’t have an interest in the mind of the interviewer. Make sure you know as much as you can about the company before stepping foot in the interview room.
- Believing a company’s greeter at a career fair is a peer or a confidante: Recruiters made it clear: The job of a company’s greeter at a career fair is to check you out just as much as an interviewer. Even if a greeter seems casual and talks to you like you were a friend, his or her job is to report back to the company whether to call you in for an interview or not. So, keep in mind that the greeter’s opinion counts! Also, make sure that you don’t say one thing to the greeter and something different to your interviewer. You’ll get caught, and that could lead you to be branded as inconsistent – or worse, dishonest. Keep it professional when interacting with every company rep.
- Thinking the interview only begins when you’re across the desk from the interviewer: this is the bad impression the young graduates always have in mind. A Human Resource professional once told me: from the moment you walk into the location where you’ll be interviewed, you’re “on.” This means that no talking on a cell phone, listening to your MP# player, or texting in the lobby while waiting for the interviewer. How you treat the receptionist may be shared with your potential boss later. Also, remember that the time you spend following the interviewer from the reception area to the interview room is also part of your interview. I found out that some recruiters are purposely quiet during that time to see how you respond to the silence and to see if you’re outgoing and personable enough to talk. Bes sure to initiate some conversation during that time. A little talk will go a long way toward communicating a strong personal brand.
- Not asking for clarification when you don’t understand a question: You’re stupid if you fear to ask a question. And you’re more stupid if you fumble around and answer the wrong question. One recruiter once told me they think it’s stupid not to ask a question. “Maggie Yontz of ConAgra Foods says, “Nine times out of ten, when a candidate asks for clarification on a question I’ve asked, I figure that I have not communicated clearly, not that the student can’t comprehend what I’m asking. I appreciate a candidate who’s confident and direct enough to ask for clarification on a question that he or she doesn’t understand.” Most interviewers prefer you to ask for clarity. It lets them know you want to make sure you give the right answer.
- Not being prepared with good, thoughtful questions to ask at the end of the interview: A Recruiter told me you should expect to be asked, “Do you have any questions?” How good your questions are will show not only that you did your research on the company and the position, but that you gave some thought to how you could fit in at the company. It will also show that you’re listening to the interviewer.
Bammann, Assistant Human Resources Manager of The Kroger Company, says: “Always have questions ready. The questions interviewers ask tell me
- how the interviewee processes the information they heard, and
- if the interviewee was not only listening but if they understood what they heard.” So, be ready with some questions in advance, but also feel free to ask questions in-the-moment based on what you’re told by the interviewer.
Of course, keep your questions relevant. Gillian Taitz, Senior Recruiter-College Relations for Staples, said, “When candidates ask me things that prove they are trying to sound intelligent and have done their online research, it turns me off. I’d much rather we spend time talking about what is important to this candidate in terms of culture, management style, etc.”