9 Don'ts For Your Next Job Interview

13 July 2015
 Categories: Business, Blog


If you have submitted your resume to several companies, you may be contacted for an interview soon. Regardless of how impressive your cover letter and resume are, poor interviewing skills can ruin your chance of snagging the perfect job. Here are a few "don'ts" for your next job interview:

Wear Jeans

Even if wearing jeans and a t-shirt helps you feel relaxed, you should avoid such casual attire during an interview. A professional, tidy appearance that adheres to the company dress code will help your interviewer picture you as a part of his or her organization.

Show Up Tardy

If you are going to be late for an interview, always call ahead. In addition, make sure you have a great excuse. Punctuality is one of the attributes that your interviewer will want to see. 

Vent About Your Current Employer

To your interviewer, your past behavior is a good predictor of your future performance. Speaking negatively about current or former employers can make you seem like a chronic complainer.

Look Away Often

Maintain friendly eye contact as much as possible. Looking away too often can make you seem insecure and untrustworthy.

Provide Un-redemptive Weaknesses

If your interviewer asks about your weaknesses, offer qualities that could be viewed as both a vulnerability and a strength. For instance, being too organized can make you seem constrictive, but it can also confirm that you are an efficient worker.

Act Too Familiar

Although you want to seem friendly and approachable during the interview, try not to become too familiar. A professional interviewer will fill a job opening based on your qualifications.

Fail to Research Your Perspective Employer

You will need to have an understanding of the interviewing company's goals and culture. Before you sit down for an interview, review the company's mission statement and speak with current employees. In addition, find information about the company's competitors, and be able to explain why you would prefer to work for the company for which you are interviewing.

Use Slang

Don't use slang or other inappropriate language during the interview. Your interview is a perfect opportunity to showcase your verbal communication skills. 

Show Up Unrehearsed

Practice answering common interview questions before your actual interview. You should know why you want to work for the interviewing employer. In addition, you should be able to provide supporting evidence for your strengths.

If you have upcoming interviews, make sure you are prepared to impress your interviewers with your skills, experience and professionalism. Additionally, if you have been considering a job change, don't procrastinate. Start your job search today. For more information on current job openings, go to http://www.montustaffing.com/.