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5 things not to do in a job interview

There are many things you need to take care of while giving an interview. Here are five things that can ruin it for you.

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Updated: Jun 04, 2018, 11.20 AM IST
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When asked about your previous job or failures, you criticise your ex-employer, boss and colleagues.
By Devashish Chakravarty

An interview is something you cannot avoid if you want a job. And there is no guarantee that it will go well. Even if you think it did go well, unbeknownst to you, you could have done something to ruin your chances of getting the job. Maybe your phone rang during the interview, maybe you talked about money too much, and maybe you just didn’t dress the part.

There are many things you need to take care of while giving an interview. Here are five things that can ruin your chances of getting that dream job.

1. Dress like a slob
Turn up for an interview like you are headed to the supermarket. Bad grooming, informal dressing and a casual approach puts off the interview panel. The potential employer will also check out your social media and drop you when your posts are too wild or whacky for them to risk their reputation.

2. Take your time
Show up late for an interview because the traffic was bad, or Google Maps couldn’t locate the address, or your alarm didn’t go off. None of these matter to the interviewer who is worried about your professionalism. Expect a polite rejection after the interview.

3. Show me the money
It works only in Jerry Maguire. Start talking about the salary too early in the interview and you lose the plot. The employer does not expect you to start discussing money until you have sold yourself to the company and they have shown interest in knowing your expectations.

4. Phone it in
Your cell phone rings during an interview and you take the call to tell a friend that you will call him back after your interview. You are obviously wedded to your cell phone and social life. Your unprofessional and rude behavior helps the interviewer decide that this job offer is not for you.

5. Blameless, jobless
When asked about your previous job or failures, you criticise your ex-employer, boss and colleagues. While you state that you are blameless, you convey to the employer that you are unwilling to take responsibility for outcomes. The interviewer does not want to risk being bad-mouthed, and prefers to leave you jobless.

(The writer is Director at Headhonchos.com and Quezx.com)


(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are that of the writer. The facts and opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of www.economictimes.com.)
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