Acing a job interview is not as difficult as we think it to be. Let us start by getting to know some of the common non-verbal mistakes made at a job interview.
Interviewees often make the mistake of playing with their hair or touching their faces. Fidgeting is a complete no-no during an interview. Having a calm persona always impresses the panel.
Having little or no knowledge about the company is one of the most common mistakes job seekers make.
Failure to make eye contact, having a bad posture, using too many hand gestures and a lack of smile always create a negative impact. A confident handshake on the other hand exhibits confidence.
Statistics show that when meeting new people the impact is 7% from what we actually say, 38% from the quality of our voice, grammar and over all confidence and a whopping 55% from the way we dress, act and walk through the door.
Wearing neon or overly bright colours while going for an interview are a turnoff. 70% of the employers claim they don’t want applicants to be fashionable or trendy but want them to have a presentable look. 65% of the employers have said that clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates.
Now let us briefly touch upon THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS at interviews.
The one question that is always asked is: Tell us about yourself.
Employers often want to know why the applicant had left their previous job.
Employers often test the job seekers knowledge about the company they have applied for as this helps them to analyze the applicant.
Another very similar question that helps the interviewers to get to know the job seeker is: Why do you want to work for us?
Interviewers often want to hear how a candidate talks about his previous jobs and companies.
Lastly, before winding up this article, let us know about THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES that are made at a job interview.
Failing to ask for the job shows that the candidate is not passionate about landing the job.
Not setting oneself apart from the other candidates often results in the interviewers overlooking the candidate.
Over explaining why the last job was lost.
A lack of humour, warmth or personality is considered to be a huge negative.
If the #job seeker concentrates too much on what he/she wants, the interviewers chalk it down as a negative.
Now that we know what we should and should not do at an interview, remember confidence plays a very important role. Being sure of oneself always creates a good first impression.
Although an interview lasts for approximately 40 minutes, in a survey of 2000 bosses 33% had claimed that they knew within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone. So, pull your socks up, get out there and land that job!