Avoid These Common Mistakes In Your Next Interview
It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Believe it or not, you may accidentally sabotage yourself in an interview because you are too careless with your answers. There is a fine line between being outgoing and likable, and acting a little too chummy with a prospective employer. The time has come to take a moment to recognize what your answers are really saying about you. Check out the list below of what to avoid in your next interview!
Avoid badmouthing your previous employers
You may not realize you are doing it, but you need to stop the verbal disapproval of your previous job/boss. The ideal person to hire is a happily employed individual looking for a better opportunity. Positivity goes a long way in a first impression; the last thing an employer wants to do is hire an avid complainer.
If your interviewer specifically asks, “What did you dislike about your last job?,” then frame your answer around the sandwich method to end on a positive note. Otherwise, try to avoid unsolicited criticism. The more positive your past job experiences are, the more excited a prospective employer will be about hiring you.
Avoid Using Slang
We all have a certain way we talk with our friends. And while many of us eventually become friends with our co-workers, we must remember that an interview is a first impression. It doesn’t matter if you were referred to the new position by a friend who already works there, or have a seemingly laid-back interviewer, you must be mindful of your vocabulary. (And we aren’t just referring to profanity here.)
Speaking in a professional manner is a basic expectation in most jobs because as an employee, you are representing that company and brand. If you speak too informally with your interviewer, they will think that you will speak the same way to customers. (Even if you wouldn’t.) Practice like you play.
Avoid Discussing Personal Matters
Although bad things happen to a lot of good people, we don’t recommend bringing those up in your interview. This includes (and is not limited to) topics like illness, divorce, loss of a loved one, religion, financial hardships, or even strong political views. Why should you avoid talking about these? Not only does it typically generate an awkward response, but it is incredibly distracting.
By discussing your personal issues, you are essentially obligating your interviewer to console you when they are solely there to determine your candidacy for a job. It can be uncomfortable for them because they inherently want to be sympathetic to your misfortune, but the setting is inappropriate. Plus, it may negatively affect their perception of you. The best way to avoid the subject is to scale it back: when in doubt, leave it out!
If you have ever unintentionally done these in an interview, you wouldn’t be the first. Just remember that your answers to interview questions will communicate more than what meets the eye, so make sure to be mindful of what you say and put forward the best version of yourself!