Graduation is in the air and so is the summer job search. If you want to succeed at landing your first job, here are some things NOT to do.If you want to succeed at landing a job, here are 15 things NOT to do in your interview: Click To Tweet
Don’t . . .
- Be late for the interview.
- Dress down (last night’s wrinkled shirt is not okay).
- Forget to take the time to learn about the company or team you want to join.
- Stay out late the night before. A lack of energy and yawns in the middle of an interview is a guaranteed “no hire”.
- Avoid eye contact with the person interviewing you.
- Neglect to bring the essentials with you like your resume, references, and work portfolio.
- Be overly confident.
- Just say whatever comes to your mind but take the time to listen to the question and be thoughtful.
- Be too casual.
- Fail to re-read the job description and think through why you would be a fit for the position.
- Mention all the personal connections you have (political, celebrities, or company connections).
- Neglect to research about the specific job you want.
- Crack jokes.
- Chew gum.
- Have bad breath.
First impressions happen fast and not being prepared can close the door on a job seconds into the interview. Take the job search seriously, work hard to prepare, and even get a coach to work with you. It is the little things that can set you apart in an interview and give you a leading edge (or a quick exit).Little things set you apart in an interview and give you a leading edge or a quick exit. Click To Tweet
“The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.” Proverbs 21:5
What else would you add to the list that would guarantee a job interview failure?