You just applied for a job. You and like four thousand other people. But lo and behold, your resume was pulled out and you now have an interview. Now there’s only ten people or so to worry about. You’re a personable fellow, right? You’ve got this licked! You go in confident, fully expecting an offer right then and there. Instead, it becomes like a bad one night stand, and they’re shoving you out the door and promising to call you “later”. So what did you do wrong? I don’t know for you specifically. But unfortunately, odds are good you failed one or more of these eight simple tasks.
8 Ways You Blew The Interview
1. NOT PREPARING.
When you go on an interview, you should know everything there is to know about the company you’re hoping to convince the time you spend normally checking Facebook is actually worth their money. You should know their past, their future, and their corporate culture. How do you find out these things? Turns out the internet is useful for more than just growing virtual cats. That’s a thing, right? Oh good; it is.
2. NOT DRESSING APPROPRIATELY FOR THE INTERVIEW.
Here’s a hint: If you are reading this, you must wear a tie to your interview. That means all the rest of your clothing must be appropriate for being worn with a tie also. I don’t care who you are or what you do. Wear a tie. Shine your shoes. Press your shirt. Even if it’s a mail boy position. Even if you’ll spend the rest of your career wearing Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts while oiling down bikini models, wear a tie to the interview.
3. UNABLE TO CORRELATE EXPERIENCE TO THE JOB.
God knows we’ve said it enough, but there are no perfect candidates. Which means even if your skills aren’t exactly right for the description, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the job. You just need to be able to show how the skills you leaned there translate to your potential new job. Make sure they know that managing people as a landscaper is still managing, and that you’re ability to estimate jobs makes you damn handy at following a budget because nothing lights up an employers eyes like the idea you might save them money. In fact, make sure you always point out how you can save money.
4. GETTING OVERLY CASUAL ON THE INTERVIEW.
When you go into an interview, don’t get tense and nervous. It doesn’t make for a great interview. However, don’t get too casual either. Don’t roll you’re sleeves up, check your text messages or even use a first name. It doesn’t matter if they tell you to; it’s sir or ma’am as the situation warrants.
5. FAIL TO BE ENGAGING.
The interview is like a date. You’re trying to get to know each other. Most applicants fail on their end tho. They answer the questions asked of them and that’s it. They’re done. If that was a date, you just answered a bunch of questions about yourself and then walked out before desert even came. You think she’s going to ask you to go steady? (I’m not sure that’s a thing anymore.) You need to show some interest back. Ask her questions. Get her talking about herself, so she thinks your an awesome person and then agrees to marry you on the first date. Because that’s almost exactly your goal in an interview.
6. NOT PROJECTING CONFIDENTLY.
Too many times people come in and the only word to describe the is mousy. Their answers are short, they speak to softly to hear and their sentences just kind of trail of into a vague whisper. It’s really irritating. If you’re so good at you’re job, then let interviewers both know you’re good and that you know you’re good. Imagine just about any role Patrick Warburton had. That guy could walk into any company and get CEO job on his speaking skills alone. Even dressed as a big blue bug.
7. SAYING NEGATIVE “THINGS” ABOUT PAST EMPLOYERS.
This one is easy. Don’t say bad things about the last person you worked for. Even if they ate live kittens and tried to find a way to market child soldiers, don’t talk bad about them. Because it might be them you’re bad mouthing some day, and they don’t want that.
8. FAILURE TO FOLLOW-UP AKA NOT SENDING A THANK-YOU NOTE.
That’s right, the thank you note is back. And why not? With email, it’s easier than ever. And unlike dating, don’t wait three days. Do it the next business day, so they can still remember what you look like. They still have nine other applicants remember.