Here are few things you should never do in a job interview

1- Arrive late

An unpunctuality would stain your image when you haven’t even started working. Try to arrive about 5 or 10 minutes before the time you are scheduled, you never know if you will come across an unforeseen event that makes you late.

2- Present yourself badly dressed

When you go to the job interview, dress appropriately for the position and the corporate image of the company. More important than the suit is to dress neatly and convey confidence and professionalism. Go well groomed, according to the style that the company demands.

3- Go accompanied

Going for an interview with your parents, friends or others is inappropriate. Avoid it! It is considered overconfidence and projects an image of dependency and little initiative on your part.

4 – Greet with a gentle handshake 

A good handshake when greeting is the first step to leaving a good impression in the interview, you don’t have to break his hand either, of course. If you greet with a very gentle handshake, the person interviewing you may associate it with “weakness.”

He thinks that the first minutes of the interview are crucial for its proper development. 

5- Beware of non-verbal language 

In a job interview, not only what you say will be taken into account, but your gestures, gestures and your position when you sit down will also be relevant.

Do not cross your legs and arms or lean back in the chair. Adopt a correct, respectful, formal and comfortable posture. Walk firmly, confidently, and smile. Do not forget that a correct position is a sign of self-confidence. Ah! And you do not sit without the interviewer having invited you and if he is not present at the time of your arrival, as soon as he enters the door, get up.

6- Cause interruptions

Mentalize yourself! At that moment there is nothing more important than the interview. The interruptions generated by calls to the mobile are very uncomfortable, turn it off and dispose of it before starting the interview. And never cut your interlocutor while he is speaking, let him finish and then intervene.

 7- Look at the clock 

You may be nervous and eager to finish the interview and leave, but please don’t look at your watch. A good recruiter may find that you don’t have enough interest in the jobs vacancies in Sri Lanka. Relax and show confidence!

8-  Show nerves, anxiety or stress

Avoid biting your lips, sudden and repetitive movements of the hands, feet, fingers, moving in the chair, playing with the pen, scratching yourself. These are some expressions of body language that denote nervousness, anxiety and insecurity. 

9- Look a lot or a little in the eye

Not looking your interlocutor in the eye is a sign of insecurity. Look him in the eye, but don’t hold your gaze too long, it could be considered a challenge. So what do I look at it or not look at it? The best thing is to alternate the points where your eyes are focused, you can look at the forehead for example.

10- Show reluctance or pessimism

It doesn’t matter that it really isn’t what you expected or there are things you don’t agree with.

Smile and try to create empathy. Adopt a positive attitude and look on the good side, it can always serve as practice for an upcoming interview or if you convey a positive image, they can take you into account for a future job in which you are interested. So if you don’t really care with a lot of respect and humility communicate it, this will be considered as a sign of good common sense.

11- Lack of confidence

Lacking it shows. Insecurity is obvious when you hesitate to say hello, for example, or become defensive because you feel alluded to or judged. Avoid being negative, overly self-critical, or defeatist. Calm down and trust yourself.

12- Lying about job offers

Many people think that it is not positive to say that they have other job offers or other interviews, but the opposite happens, since your interviewer will think that you must have a lot of potential and that he has to “fight” for you.

13- Lying about old salaries

It also doesn’t make much sense to lie about the money you made at your last job. On the one hand, consider that the chiefs of staff have enough experience in interviews and that they know how to recognize when people lie.  

14- Lack of Information

Not being informed about the company reveals disinterest. Research about the sector, the collaborators, the interviewer himself and everything concerning the company, it will help you to speak objectively about it and ask the right questions.

15- No clear objective

Be clear and concrete about your objective as a professional and state it during the interview in relation to what you want to achieve in and for the company.

16- Show your weaknesses 

Truly expose your strengths and delicately your weaknesses, show yourself human and close. Avoid revealing knowledge flaws and show interest in acquiring new skills.

17- Selling your personal brand badly

Selling yourself is the key to success. Make your personal brand known and make them remember you, that is, show what you know how to do, what you are good at and why you are the best at it.

18- Be imprecise and unclear 

Avoid fillers in your expressions, as well as rudeness, colloquial or vulgar words and, at the other extreme, far-fetched, complex words, technicalities or acronyms. You will make communication easier.

19- Vacation theme

Of course, it is very important for you to know how long you will have on vacation and what your work schedule will be like, but you should not give the impression that this is what you are most interested in. Avoid asking about vacations.

20- Economic issue 

The job interview is not timely to negotiate the remuneration. Better, treat it in the last part of the selection process, that is, once you have passed and have been selected for the job.

21- Short, negative and contradictory answers: Yes or no.

They are the worst answers you can give during an interview. Be explicit and forceful and don’t shy away from questions. Be consistent with what it says on your resume and what you say with your words to avoid contradictions.

22- Indiscretion about your person or Ex-work 

Despite some bad experiences, be courteous and discreet when discussing past jobs. And regarding your private life, use common sense, nobody can force you to reveal particular or confidential aspects. 

The rest of the mistakes to avoid are:

  • 23- Be dishonest
  • 24- Do not present the CV
  • 25- Repeat what is written in your resume word for word
  • 26- Begin to stutter when faced with complicated questions
  • 27- Invade the interviewer’s space
  • 28- Be impolite