You’ve got job interview body language down to an art form, you’ve researched the company extensively to the point that you know how much they spend on toilet paper every month, and you’ve carefully prepared the most convincing answers to even the weirdest interview questions. You’ve practically got the job in the bag.
But, sitting with crossed arms, not knowing the name of the company you’re applying to, and struggling to answer "how you would describe yourself" aren’t the only ways to blow an interview and potentially miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So don’t start celebrating a successful job interview just yet. Especially if you’re going to do any of the following things.
1. You Arrive Too Early
You know that arriving late for an interview, for whatever reason, means that you’re not getting the job. Even if you were out saving the world, your interviewer will not look at you very favorably. And the same applies to arriving early.
Yes, you should aim to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time, but if you show up 30 minutes or so beforehand, you’ll seem a little too eager and you’ll also put your interviewers in an uncomfortable situation. You may be happy to wait for 30 minutes but they’ll probably feel bad making you wait, and they might even interrupt their busy schedule just to check up on you.
2. You Only Bring One Copy of Your Resume
Even if you’re 100% sure that there will only be one person interviewing you, it’s probably a good idea to bring along more than one copy of your resume. Let’s say that you end up being interviewed by three people, and imagine that the original interviewer forgot to make copies of your resume (or simply couldn’t be bothered to)… What are you going to do? Ask them to share one copy?
3. You Don’t Ask the Interviewer about Himself
It’s true: the purpose of the interview is for potential employers to learn a little about you, your knowledge, and the skills you bring to the table, and it’s also an opportunity for you to determine whether you would really like to work for them. In other words, job interviews are formal and structured rather than casual conversations. But, that doesn’t mean they should be overly formal. In addition to asking about the company’s plans, the company culture, and the people you’ll be working with, you should also make it a point to make small chitchat with the people sitting opposite you.
Of course, we don’t recommend that you get too personal with your questions, but if you know that Jeremy enjoys cycling, you could ask him a little about it and perhaps even mention the fact that you’re an avid cyclist yourself and have participated in races for charity. Not only are you able to find common ground with your interviewers and, hopefully, persuade them into hiring you, but you’ll also be able to market yourself a little bit more.
Can you think of any other ways you can be rude in a job interview? Perhaps you learned the hard way and have a few tips and tricks you’d like to share with current job seekers? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends!