Job hunting is a struggle at the best of times. After sending out what feels like hundreds of CVs, simply making it to the interview stage can sometimes fee like an achievement in itself. If you are lucky enough to be selected to interview for your dream job, the last thing you want to do is blow it when you’re so close to success.
To help you avoid making deal-breaker mistakes in your interview, the employers of Reddit came together to share a few tips on what not to do in your job interview. Some of these things may sound simple, but believe me, they will be the difference between you landing the job or not.
1. Don’t be late
First things first, just make sure you are on time. Or better yet, make sure you are early.
“If someone shows up late for an interview with no excuse and no effort made to let me know they were running behind I tell them I am no longer interested in interviewing them,” a Reddit user wrote.
2. Don’t try to pretend you are perfect
You may think bending the truth a little bit to try to impress the interviewer will help you to get ahead, but most interviewers will see right through you if you try too hard to sound like you never make mistakes.
“Acting like you’re a perfect person who never has problems with anything,” another user wrote. “If I ask you how you would solve a problem and you tell me that you’ve never had an issue with that and never will, I’m going to think you’re a liar.” Ouch.
3. Don’t speak badly of your last job
Some jobs are less than ideal and in an interview it can be tempting to try to explain to your future employer why your last workplace was so bad. If you have been fired or are desperate to change jobs, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of speaking badly about another company.
“When they complain about their past management too much. All that tells me as the person who may or not hire them, is that they could be a problem for me. I will not hire you if you complain about your past management too much.”
4. Don’t ignore instructions
Were there specific instructions in the job ad? Then the employer wants you to follow them! If you are struggling to even get to the interview stage, it could be because you are simply not giving the employer what they are asking for.
“I put ads on all the main job posting sites and the last line said, ‘Please attach your resume and cover letter as a PDF’,” a Reddit user wrote. “I got hundreds of applications – turns out entry-level marketing jobs in a major city are pretty popular. Wanna know how many people included both a resume and cover letter as a PDF? About 20.”
5. Don’t forget to prepare questions
Too many people think that an interview is all about the interviewer asking you questions, but it is also an opportunity for you to get to know the company and figure out if it is right for you. If you don’t have any questions to ask at the end of the interview chances are you will come across as unprepared or disinterested.
“When they don’t research the company or have questions to ask about the position. Just say something along the lines of ‘I did a bit if research into the position and/or company … it seems the like jobs day-to-day entails this/that/the other … is that correct?’ It shows you’ve done the research, are proactive and it may help clear up something about the position that you didn’t foresee.”