Do you have a job interview coming up in the near future? Check out these common interview mistakes and give yourself a better chance of interview success.
1. Bad first (and last) impression
When attending job interviews first and last impressions are extremely important. Turning up late and displaying an unprofessional attitude can create a bad first impression. Similarly, the last impression that you make is equally important. ALWAYS remember to stay professional until you have hung up the telephone or left the interview building.
2. Failing to adequately prepare
Think you can turn up at a job interview without any preparation? WRONG. Preparation is vital if you want to give yourself the best chance of being offered the job. Read the job description, do some research and make sure that you understand what type of skills are required. You can find lots of useful interview tips (including tips on what to wear and what questions to ask) at www.gozambiajobs.com.
3. Failing to double checking your CV or application
If your CV or application states that you have a particular skill be prepared to answer questions regarding this skill. Providing misleading information or exaggerating a skill may damage your chances of getting the job more than including a skill that you do not have. Always double check your CV or application prior to the interview so that you know exactly what skills and experience you have listed and be prepared to answer questions regarding this information.
4. Failing to ask questions
A job interview is an opportunity for an employer to find out more about YOU but is also an opportunity for YOU to find out about the EMPLOYER. Asking questions will help you to find out more about the organisation, the job on offer and your suitability for the job. Done correctly, it will show the interviewer that you are interested in the role and that you have done your preparation in advance of the interview. Check out our free guide to the Top 10 Interview Questions & Answers here.
5. Forgetting the follow-up
The follow-up email, letter or call is an opportunity for you to thank the employer for their time and should quickly remind them why you are suitable for the role. Sending a follow-up email or letter or making a follow up call shows the employer that you are organised and professional and that you really do want the job. For tip on how to follow up a job interview visit www.gozambiajobs.com/follow-up-a-job-application.
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