Job interviews are some of the more stressful life experiences that all of us have to go through. These are the moments when everything seems to be on the line, moments when nervousness and failure to prepare often get the better of us. As you’re triple checking your resume for spelling errors, remember these 5 things to avoid during your interviews.
- Arriving Late
There is no excuse for arriving late to an interview. Take some time in the preceding days to look up directions to the interview site, map your route, and estimate how long the commute will take. Make sure everything you will need is prepared in advance so that you won’t be pressed for time. Allow yourself at least an extra 15 minutes of time just in case, and always remember to account for things like traffic and parking that might slow you down.
- Talking Too Much
More applicants need to understand that they are not the only candidate being interviewed for any particular job. In all likelihood, your interviewer has already spoken to other candidates that same day, and will have more coming in after you. As such, you do not want to bore your interviewer by talking too much. Speaking is important, as it helps your interviewer get to know your personality and remember your face, but being too long-winded will make your session run long and put your interviewer to sleep.
- Speaking Too Generally
When your interviewers ask questions, they want detailed answers. Reciting generalities about the information that’s already listed on your resume doesn’t offer anything new or interesting. Get into details about your experience and work history when asked. Bring up specific tasks, memorable projects, any good details that will help your interviewers get a better idea of where you’re coming from and what you’re capable of.
- Wearing Unkempt Clothes
Your wardrobe is an important part of your interview preparation. Everything should be properly tailored, pressed, and well kept. The tiny flaws in your clothing that you may not think much of will stand out like a sore thumb to your interviewers. An abused tie, a poorly fitting shirt or blouse, a torn seam–these things will be spotted right away and the message they send is clear. Unkempt clothes tell your interviewer that you are either incapable of dressing professionally or that you just don’t care enough.
- Not Asking Questions
Applicants for jobs in Saudi companies and local businesses alike all too often fall for this fatal mistake. When things are drawing to a close, your interviewers will usually ask if you have any questions for them. You should have questions, and you should ask them. Inquiring about the company itself as well as the position for which you’re applying shows your interviewers that you have a genuine interest in working for them. Don’t just rehearse answers when you prepare for an interview–think of some good questions as well.