The next time you have an interview, remember these five “don’ts” to avoid doing the wrong thing!
1. Don’t show up late
According to The Creative Group, seven in 10 hiring managers said they would immediately discount interviewees who don’t acknowledge their late arrival. That being said, make sure to show up to an interview at least 10-15 minutes before it starts. If you are unfamiliar with the area of your interview, ensure that you look up travel times and account for traffic. Showing up early to an interview will reflect well on you as a candidate and insinuate that you are able to manage your time in a responsible manner.
2. Don’t come unprepared
It is important to arrive at an interview dressed in your best professional attire. Sloppy appearance could infer you are a lazy candidate who doesn’t care whether you obtain the position or not. Aside from appearance, it is important to come with a polished resume and thorough knowledge about the position. If you don’t have a good idea of the position you are applying for, why are you here? Arriving at an interview without a resume or notebook could relay to interviewers that you will approach a job the same way.
3. Don’t come to an interview without being prepared for this question:
Why do you want to work for this company specifically?This is an important question mostly every interviewer asks, so make sure you are prepared to answer it. Additionally, recruiters are not impressed with a vague answer—it shows you lack intention for the position. Companies look for candidates who can prove why they would be a good addition to the team— why would you be more valuable than another? Make sure to read up on the position you’re applying for to express your eagerness to work within their company.
4. Don’t ask about money too soon
A big red flag for hiring managers is when a potential candidate asks about compensation too soon in an interview. Inquiring about money can suggest you are interested in the position for the wrong reasons. Though a salary holds importance to you, make sure to avoid that topic until you are offered the position.
5. Don’t opt out of asking questions at the end
After a hiring manager finishes asking you questions in an interview, they usually open up the floor to you. Ensure you are taking advantage of this time to ask the interviewer appropriate questions about the position or company. If you choose not to ask questions, it can insinuate you have a lack of interest or preparation. Additionally, if you ask a good, thought-provoking question, it will leave the interview with a memorable final impression.
Before arriving at an interview, it is important to know the do’s and don’ts of the process. By following these five tips, you are less likely to have a bad interview experience. And don’t forget to check in with career services – South College is here to help you succeed!