There are standards to be observed in any job interview and there are ways you can tell if you did well or badly in a job interview but what could be more dangerous to your mind and job search is making assumptions about interviews. Here are 7 things you should never assume about any Job interview.
You gave it your best shot and recruiters seemed impressed, so you’ll get the job. You can’t be completely sure what recruiters look for. There are other things interviewers assess candidates with asides the questions being asked or answered. Some of them include; body language, communication and interpersonal skills or sometimes, interviewers probably only want to feel your vibe.
You’ll get the job if you share personal stories. Lots of them. A job interview is not about you, everything boils down to whether you are the right match for a particular position or not. If you decide to share all your life story with interviewers; you’ll probably get a warm hug, a pat on the back or handshake, maybe a standing ovation but not a job. Sorry.
If you’ll share any story, tie it with something you know interviewers are looking out for. A skill you learned, how you reduced cost or increased profit or number of clients; these are the stories interviewers find interest in. Don’t get all mushy in a job interview, always set yourself in the professional mode, be careful about the things you share with recruiters, all the things you say should echo the word “qualified” to them.
You didn’t have all the needed skills so you won’t get the job. True, recruiters want to hire the best of the best but most recruiters would rather settle for job candidates who they can best work with. Getting or giving anything is about social skills and if you have great social skills, recruiters may decide to hire you without paying so much attention to your qualifications.
If you overwhelm them with industry jargons, you’ll be considered qualified. Communication is everything. If interviewers don’t understand you because you are trying to impress them with technical or industry jargon, you’ll end up shooting yourself in the foot. Keep it simple.
Their mind is already made up about a salary range. It’s alright to be careful not to sound desperate to interviewers or like a candidate who is “all about the money” but don’t short-change yourself by requesting for a salary you are not comfortable with. Do a research to find out the salary range for similar positions in other organisations across different industries and get your negotiation skills working for you. You may get lucky. Read this to learn more about salary negotiation.
You don’t need to send a Thank you letter or do a follow-up call after the interview. The interview was awesome, great. But keep your memory fresh in the minds of recruiters by sending a Thank-you letter after the interview. This will deepen their interest in you. Don’t think your letter is irrelevant and unless you were asked not to, do an occasional follow up call to find out any information you can on the job position. Just don’t drive recruiters nuts with your calls. Remember to always give a good impression, it’ll get them on your side easily.
Your appearance doesn’t matter, they’ll love you anyway. You have the first 15 or less seconds to make an impression to interviewers and most interviewers reach this decision judging from your appearance. A recent research showed that attractive people are more favoured at work, job interviews or anywhere else. We can’t all be Brad Pitt or Omotola Jalade Ekeinde but what you don’t have in physical attributes, you can make up for in intelligence and appearance. By all means, look professionally good for a job interview.
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