For most people, job interviews are an essential part of finding work and moving up the career ladder. If you have great interview skills, a job interview can be the chance for you to secure a great new role. However, job interviews can easily turn disastrous.
Check out 8 ways to ruin a job interview here.
Arrive late. This one doesn’t really need explaining – if you can’t turn up on time to the interview, you probably wouldn’t turn up on time to work. (Of course, emergencies are an exception!)
Smell bad. This doesn’t just mean the smell of sweat; too much perfume or body spray is also pretty off-putting, alongside the fresh smell of cigarettes. The best way to smell is like nothing at all – unless your interview is at a perfume shop.
Not preparing for an interview. This makes it seem like you aren’t very interested in the company you want to work for.
Bragging too much. Instead of talking about every great thing you’ve ever done, try to link your previous experience to the new role.
Your phone ringing or receiving a text loudly. This is just pretty unprofessional – switch it off or put it on silent.
Avoiding eye contact. Smiling at the interviewer and holding eye contact makes you seem confident and in control, whereas looking away can make you seem disinterested or shy.
Complaining about your ex co-workers. This can come across as childish and unprofessional.
Only asking questions about the perks of the job. Of course you want to know – but wait until you actually have the job to find out the benefits.