It's no secret that job interviews are a deciding factor. They are your chance to show a potential employer why you're the best candidate for the job. But even if you're a High-level professional, there are still plenty of mistakes you can make in an interview. In this post, we'll walk you through three of the most common ones and tell you how to avoid them.
1. You haven't researched or prepared appropriately for the role.
This covers such a multitude of sins that it could almost be a separate post. It ranges from failing to research the company and what it does through to turning up late because you didn't research the location and facilities beforehand. It is vital that whenever you are invited to an interview, you take the time to adequately prepare. Ensure that you know what the company does, who their customers are, where they are located, what the dress code is and prepare some sensible questions to ask at the interview.
2. Lack of confidence or being unable to sell yourself.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in an interview is not being able to sell yourself. This can come across as a lack of confidence, and it can make it difficult for the interviewer to see you as a competent candidate. Instead, you need to be able to confidently articulate your skills and experience, and show how you would be a valuable asset to the company. This means being prepared to answer questions about your qualifications, and being able to provide specific examples of your work. If you can do this, you'll be in a much better position to impress the interviewer and land the job.
3. You fail to adequately engage in the interview process.
One of the most important interview skills that every candidate should have is the ability to engage with their interviewers. Practice positive body language, pay equal attention to all of the interviewers, make a comfortable amount of eye contact and stay in the moment - the interviewer will notice if you zone out or start thinking about something else. You should never underestimate just how important it is to make a positive impression at this stage so regardless as to how well qualified you are or how much you think you deserve the position, switch off your phone, go in prepared and sell yourself to the best of your ability.
Finally it is important to remember that although performing well at a job interview is important, there are other elements in landing your dream job. If you are ready to take your career to the next level, working with a talent solution provider can provide the edge that you need. We are resourcing experts and can help you to prepare for all of the stages of the hiring process, from preparing for questions to nailing the interview.
So if you are ready to secure your next senior leadership role, please contact us today and we will show you how we can help. Cento are market leaders in the field of talent management and we provide recruitment support to a range of specialist sectors. With our help and contacts, we are confident that you will succeed.
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