When you go in for a job interview, it’s imperative to make that lasting impression. At Scout, we’ve interviewed thousands of people over the years collectively and we know you cant rely solely on your impressive answers to get the job. You need to behave professionally, too. As it turns out, there are tons of small mistakes you can make that could end up costing you the job. Enjoy…..
1. Guilt tripping the employer into giving you a job
“Telling someone how badly you need the job because of all the problems you have will get your application thrown in the bin”.
2. Graduating late with no work experience on your résumé
WE get travelling is awesome. WE get having 5 degrees technically makes you smart but for what? People care about experience. Don’t fall behind on it if you value having a career of course. If you don’t, happy days.
3. Having your parents inquire about jobs on your behalf
What you doing. Enough said….
4. Making spelling mistakes on your résumé
We obviously all make mistakes, but if you can’t take the time to proofread something so important then what is it saying about you.
Most say lying is one of the biggest mistakes candidates make. Some say you don’t have to be 100% honest 100% of the time — but they advise you to give answers that are mostly truthful and maybe slightly edited to be more socially acceptable.
6. Inappropriate social-media posts
Even if your social-media pages are clean, you may want to consider setting them to private mode.
7. Showing up late
On the flips side, if the employer is late or unaware that an interview is even happening, then you should be wary of a company or boss who can’t manage their schedule.
8. Not dressing appropriately
Again…pretty obvious if you can’t dress appropriately for an interview then you can’t dress appropriately for work.
9. Freezing up mid-interview
Interviewers are immediately turned off by a candidate who freezes up mid-interview. Ask questions or work through the question out loud. There is a difference between thinking and a rabbit in headlights too.
10. Exaggerating or making up credentials on your résumé
Anyone with seniority in the industry will smell through that within the first 90 seconds of the interview.”
11. Using an inappropriate email address or old email service
Your best bet is to use some combination of your name with a Gmail account because it’s professional and up-to-date. All about impressions.
12. Talking about religion
Not that it’s bad but it’s just awkward not knowing the other person.
13. Talking negatively about past employers
Normally highlights someones struggle with authority or dealing with coworkers. Big turn off.
14. Not turning your phone off
It’s just rude. Don’t do it.
15. Bad breath or body odor
Kindly put. Sort yourself out. If too distracting, you’re not going to get the in-depth interview that you might need to get the job.
16. Taking selfies in the waiting area
Snapchat can wait. You don’t have the job yet.