An interview is a vital first step towards gaining employment. It is also one of the first opportunities for a prospective employer to gauge your capabilities, skill, and character.
A positive interview can yield positive results (i.e. follow-up interview, securing employment) while a negative interview can do the opposite. There are hundreds of things that you can do to market yourself as an ideal candidate for the position (such as dressing appropriately, making eye contact, and practicing active listening during the interview process). There are also many things that you can do to signal to potential employers that you are not a good fit for their company.
Here are the top three things that you should never do in an interview:
#3: Show Up Unprepared
Show an employer that you want to be a part of the team, by demonstrating in their company: background information, including company history, partnerships, and community involvement can go a long way. Bonus: learning this information can help you formulate thoughtful questions to ask during the interview.
#2: Lie on Your Resume
Lying on your resume might get you the job, but it doesn’t give you the qualifications, skill set or experience. When it comes to your CV, being honest is always the best idea.
#1: Bad Talk Your Current Employer
The number one mistake you can make in an interview is talk negatively about your current employer. You want to show prospective employers that you are respectful. Moreover, passing the blame onto an employer (even if it is merited), makes it look as if you cannot accept responsibility for your actions.
Take the high road, and it will pay off.