When your job search has paid off and you’ve scored an interview, it means your resume has definitely talked the talk, but there are some in-person mistakes that can leave even the best of candidates tripping over their tongues when it’s time to walk the interview walk. So if you want to strut on into that new role, you’ll want to avoid these business blunders.
- Showing up late
If you want to show up late to a dinner with the in-laws or keep a date waiting, hey, that’s your prerogative, but when it comes to meeting a hiring manager, you should be arriving 10-15 minutes early. Time is a valuable thing, and although the receptionist may be fine with a delay on the subway or traffic holding you back, the person on the other end of your interview won’t be impressed.
- Being rude to the receptionist
No matter how high the role you’re interviewing for is within the company, you need to check any ego at the door if you want to get your foot in it. Always be kind to the receptionist. Whatever position you aim for on the professional totem pole, you never know who the receptionist knows. And you could be brought right down before you have a chance to make it on.
- Being under (or over) dressed
Corporate culture is important—and being prepared for it should be an important part of your pre-interview prep. When it comes to dress code, the rule of thumb is to dress half a notch above what the current employees are wearing. For example, if you’re interviewing with a start-up where jeans and tees are the norm, opt for the business casual approach; whereas if you’re interviewing in a more corporate atmosphere, a suit and tie or skirt and blouse is more appropriate attire.
- Telling tall tales
Pulling a Pinocchio in an interview should seem like an obvious no-go. However, some job seekers may be tempted to impress by telling success-related tall tales. The thing about that is: it will catch up to you. Whether a reference unknowingly outs you, or you get the job and can’t perform the task you’ve proclaimed to excel at, your fibs will eventually be found out.
- Bad-mouthing your employer
We’ve all had a manager or co-worker that we didn’t get along with, and a toxic work environment may have you seeking employment elsewhere. But no matter how well you think you’re bonding with your perspective employer, you never want to bad mouth the ones who came before. If you do, all he or she could be left thinking is-- if you can talk like that about your previous or current employer, what would stop you from talking that way about them?
Remember, job interviews are a two-way street and when you’re looking for a job, make it your business to ensure it’s also the right fit!