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What not to do in an interview

Interview situations can bring out the worst in everyone – very few people thrive under this kind of pressure but that doesn’t mean that interviews always have to be a nightmare. No matter what the interview – or the job – you can avoid some of the most common slip-ups with these tips on what not to do during that important face-to-face time.

job-interviewLatenessThis is hands down the worst thing you can do in an interview situation. It not only shows a lack of respect towards the people who are interviewing you but can be an indication of being disorganised and lacking in motivation too.

Not looking the part. Interviews are a professional situation and you need to reflect this in what you wear – jeans or anything that has holes in, is dirty or too revealing isn’t going to create the right impression. If in doubt, wear a suit, keep jewellery to a subtle minimum and avoid wearing too much makeup (for women) or an excessive amount of product in your hair. Many people believe that the first impression that you make sets the tone for the entire interview so wear something that ensures a professional look.

An overly creative CV. You need to make sure that you can substantiate anything you write on your CV in an interview as your interviewer may ask you about anything that you include in your documentation. By all means structure your CV so that it shows your skills and experience in the best light but don’t fabricate anything or embellish to the point of an untruth.

Bad interview behaviour. There are some basic things to avoid when you’re in an interview and these include swearing, rambling and avoiding directly answering the questions that you’re being asked. Watch your body language too – if you’re slouching, avoiding eye contact or you have a weak handshake then all this could contribute to a negative overall impression.

Being aggressive. In most situations, being aggressive isn’t acceptable and this is equally so when it comes to an interview. Sometimes interviewers like to challenge candidates with tricky questions – and they might push you hard – but you should never snap, get angry or raise your voice. This also applies to the way that you speak about a former employer – don’t badmouth someone you worked for previously, this will leave a bad taste in the mouth of your interviewer.

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