With all the advice out there about things you should do, say and ask during an interview, there are also certain things you need to refrain from doing. Nothing is worse than having all the right skills and experience for a job, but you get eliminated from the process because of some things you did or said during the interview.
Here are some things that rub inteviewers the wrong way that you should definitely be aware of.
Arriving TOO Early
It is obvious and well known that showing up late to an interview is disrespectful, but something that can also start the interview off on the wrong foot is arriving way too early. It is ideal to show up 5-10 minutes early, but anything more than that and you risk applying unnecessary pressure on the interviewer to wrap up whatever they are doing to come meet you. If this is not the case, you may make the interviewer feel guilty by making you wait in the lobby for 20 or 30 minutes.
Coming Across Robotic and Over-Rehearsed
Another obvious tip to a successful interview is making sure you prepare beforehand.
Similar to arriving too early, however, it is possible to be over-prepared. You want to have a game plan for every possible question, but having a word-for-word answer for each question can lead to your delivering the wrong impression come interview time.
By preparing like this you run the risk of coming across robotic during the interview. This leads to your having a difficult time acting natural and engaging in genuine conversation.
At the end of the day, hiring managers are going to hire you for who you are and you can’t accurately portray this through memorized answers. Have an idea of what you want to say for certain questions and let yourself answer naturally during the interview.
Over Exuding a “What’s In It For Me?” Attitude
When hiring managers first meet you, they first and foremost want to know what you can do for them. What can you do to increase profits, make processes more efficient, and make their jobs easier? Due to this, if you keep eluding to wanting to know what is in it for you, it comes across as arrogant and unappealing to the hiring manager.
Obviously it is a two-way street and you want to be at a place that offers things like good benefits and enough vacation time. However, early in the interview these things should not be part of the conversation. Early on all that matter is what you can do for them.
Ultimately, organizations do want to make their employees happy, but in order to get there you first have to be all in on how you are going to make them better.