5 Job Interview Mistakes and How to Recover from Them


Looking for a job is an arduous task, especially in the current economic state. Currently, there is a high level of competition among those who do not have jobs and also from those who have jobs but are dissatisfied. Therefore, the first impression from a job interview is very important. For that reason, the manner in which a candidate carries himself/ herself during the interview matters. It is during an interview that potential candidates have the chance of impressing employers in order to secure job vacancies. Thus, candidates need to strive to meet the objectives, as expected by an employer. There are several blunders that candidates make during a job interview that should be avoided. The following are blunders job seekers made and job interview tips to keep you afloat.

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1.Lack of Basic Information

Many candidates ignore the aspect of preparation. Despite the paperwork and possession of the necessary qualifications, candidates need to address other concerns. For instance, candidates need to ensure that they are aware of the potential employer’s achievements and know some basic information. Being knowledgeable about current trends and a company’s competitors would prove to the employer about the dedication of a potential employee, required to gain a vacant position. Candidates should be fully informed about company’s operations.

Appearing for an interview without sufficient knowledge is usually seen by an employer a major mistake. For candidates who are walking into an interview room and have realized that they lack the correct information about an organization, they need to change their tactics. Such candidates may try to still find some time, trying to gather some information. Short preparation would allow candidates a chance to find at least some brief information. Company information can be found on their websites or pages and is usually available for anyone who is interested. By searching for the information quickly, it is possible to find the basics of an organization. Failure to know the basic information may be detrimental to a candidate’s chances of succeeding.

When attending any interview, candidates should search for relevant information on the company that they are seeking to find employment in if they want to get the job. In today’s world, it is easy to access the company information from websites and journals.



2.Improper Dressing

This aspect arises out of negligence among many candidates. For instance, some candidates think that a suit is the best attire for all job interviews. This theory, however, is not entirely true. Some companies, depending on their sphere of activities, expect candidates to be dressed in a certain way to meet their standards. It is not just the choice of what to wear, but it also depends on the way one adorns his/ her outfits. Candidates should, therefore, inquire on the recruiting company’s accepted code of dressing before attending to an interview.

From the moment a candidate walks into a company’s building, she/ he should be able to realize if their dress code meets a company’s standards. This is identified, based on what current employees are adorning, as they are seen walking in and out of their offices. The dress code also extends to the hairdo. Candidates may have the best suit, but if, for example, they have dreadlocks which are not accepted by a company, an opportunity to make an impression would be lost. Once an error is identified, candidates should call the human resource department and make inquiries about what is expected of their employees.



3.Talking Too Much

This aspect is a blunder that many candidates make and seem not to even realize they are making. A simple question that may need a direct answer becomes a tale to tell for many candidates. This indicates that the candidate is avoiding that direct answer probably because they do not know it or that they have no idea of what is going on in the discussion. Another suspicion is that the candidate is nervous which is not very encouraging for employees. Avoid talking too much.

It is very easy for the candidate to notice that they are talking too much by observing the interviewers’ reaction and body language. Talking too much may lead the interviewer to trying to cut short the lengthy speech. The first instance of such a reaction of a tired sigh from the interviewer should let the candidate know it is time to stick to direct answers. This is not to say that talking very little is the solution. The solution lies in sufficient information. Talking too much drifts the candidate from the question to provision of irrelevant information. Ensure that the information being provided is still answering the question at hand. The employer cannot pick out an answer from scattered information. It is the candidates’ duty to provide the answer.



4.Badmouthing Previous Employers

In an effort to shift blame after loosing or quitting a job, potential candidates think that they can badmouth their previous employers. Sometimes, they badmouth their previous employers in an effort to make the potential employer feel superior. This should be avoided at all costs, since a previous employer may be a shareholder in the company, offering the vacancy. The hiring employer will not employ a candidate that may badmouth the company in the event that they seek a different job elsewhere in future.

If asked a question regarding previous employers, candidates should steer away from vendetta. Hence, they should provide answers based on how a company operates instead of taking a selective perspective. Although individual perspectives differ from one person to another, such differences may not be what interviewers look for. Getting to the point of badmouthing a previous employer, undermines the possibility of securing the job. If a candidate realizes a slip of the tongue, an apology should be given and the answer redirected. After the apology, the candidate should ensure that any other statement that would negatively regard previous employers is left out of the discussion. This way, it will be considered a slip of the tongue that was also not intentional.



5.Constant Hesitation

Many candidates may loose confidence and end up hesitating over all questions that are being asked. This goes to show that the candidate has inadequate confidence. Candidates should desist from hesitating unnecessarily. Creating a sense of “not being sure” about a majority of interview questions does not secure a job. No company wants to work with someone who does not have a clear position.

Many candidates who try to guess answers are also unappreciated. Candidates who are not certain about questions should request interviewers for a better explanation. This is better than giving a half of wrong answers to questions. When answers lack sense, based on a poor understanding, interviewers lose interest in the candidate. This is because employers interpret poor answers as a sign of unpreparedness. Chances are that the candidate will not be allowed to even complete the entire interview. All candidates are encouraged to go for interviews fully prepared.

Interviews are the doorway to securing a job. It is important that candidates remain competitive even with the minute factors. The differentiating factors go a long way into influencing the short-listing of candidates. Thus, acting is essential, as it gives an employer a ready-to-go attitude that is motivating. An employee is an asset of a company, hence, potential employees are expected to portray their worth right from the beginning. The above interviewing techniques should prepare you for before hand for an interview. Therefore, it is important that blunders during interviews are eliminated in an effort to pass an interview.


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