Make a great first impression on your interviewer by avoiding this list of interview blunders.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get into the job market, which is why it’s so important to make sure your interview is successful. We know a few things about what not to say in an interview. We suggest you memorise them too. It might be hard to hold back, but you can always bring these questions up at a later stage. Don't jeopardise your chances of success in the first 30 minutes!
1. "My apologies for being late." This should be easy: You should never under any circumstances be late for an interview. It’s unprofessional and tells your potential employer that you have no regard for punctuality.
2. "Tell me about your leave policy." Don’t ask about the leave policy until you’ve been hired. Unless there is some deal-breaking reason, in which case you should bring it up right away and save everyone time.
3. "Sorry, I have to take this call." It’s never okay to take phone calls or reply to text messages while you’re in an interview. Your phone should be off. Off. Not on silent. And don't peek at it, not even to check the time.
4. The answer to “where do you see yourself in five years” is never “doing your job”. Even as a joke, it'll likely fall flat. Rather talk about what you would like to have gained such as skills and responsibility.
5. "I hated my last job." Never speak badly about previous jobs. Not only does it reveal unprofessionalism, but also shows you as a negative person. Also, it’s never good to burn bridges.
6. "You provide plumbing? So you don’t make cell phones?” Make sure you know as much about the company as possible before you arrive for your interview. Your lack of research will see your CV being thrown straight into the bin.
7. When the employer asks, “What do you think you’ll enjoy most about this job?” never say “the salary, the long lunches and the longer leave”. Again, even if you mean to lighten the mood, this isn't the place for it. Provide a clear and honest answer.
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