It is our dream to get our so so much desired job, hence, good preparations against job interviews yield good results. But we forgot to understand that our manners during a job interview determine if we would get the job or not.
These tips should guide us in preparation for that our very soon interview.
1. Forgetting to close: You are interviewing for a sales job. You have to ask for next steps at the end of the interview.
2. Showing up unprepared: Review how to prepare for your interview. Make sure you 5-10 strong questions to ask.
3. Too much “I”: Talk in terms of ‘we’; it shows you are a team player.
4. Asking no questions: If you don’t ask questions at the end of the interview it will appear that you are disinterested.
5. Showing up late: The hiring manager will think “if he/she shows up late to the interview will they show up late to a customer meeting as well?” Arrive 10 minutes early.
6. Chewing Gum: Don’t do it.
7. Speaking poorly of past employers: Even if you had a bad boss or work experience, don’t speak of it. Keep the energy positive.
8. Lying: The world is a small place. If you lie about something the hiring manager can likely find out by reaching out to your past employer or boss.
9. Monetary based questions: Don’t ask them too much questions about the salary, vacation days, perks and benefits.
10. Acting too relaxed: The interview should be taken seriously. If you are too laid back the interviewer will question your professionalism.
11. Too much talking: The conversation should be like a free-flowing tennis match. Don’t hog the ball and turn the interview into a monologue.
12. Bad eye contact: The easiest way to build trust with someone is by looking them in the eye.
13. Not turning off your cell phone: Turn off your cell phone and put it away.
14. Asking poor questions: The interviewer will think that you didn’t prepare or generally ask bad questions.
15. No follow-up email: No matter what, you need to follow-up. It’s the easiest way to leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth.
16. Lack of energy: Sales is a high endurance sport. Come to the interview enthusiastic and passionate.
17. TMI (Too much information): the interviewer isn’t your therapist. Don’t share your deepest secrets and personal information too early.
18. Rambling: Keep your interview answers short and sweet. Answer the question the interviewer is asking and nothing more, unless requested.