Written by: Pauline Shahabian, Recruitment Consultant, WorkForce Cyprus
Let’s assume you have landed an interview for your dream job. Hooray! What now? Sit back and contemplate how it will go? Umm, no. Most people erroneously focus too much on the actual interview rather than on adequately preparing for the grand occasion to begin with.
Although yes, big hick-ups may not happen until you have actually taken a sit opposite the interviewer, a lack of preparedness can very easily – and significantly – contribute to a potentially negative outcome.
Here are the key mistakes you already make before the interview;
Not knowing how to sell yourself:
The ability to sell yourself is a catalyst to increasing the odds of obtaining any job you set your mind to. However, keep in mind that there is a fine line between confidently elaborating your skillset, and to presenting them in a downright arrogant manner, which could be the kiss of death.
A brief pre-interview prep can greatly help with calming your nerves so you walk into the interview ready to discuss about your suitability for the position in question – Why are you the best candidate for this job? Why is the company wise to select you over others? Furthermore, make sure that you have considered in advance what skills you should focus on for the specific role, and what relatable past experiences you can shed light on.
If you feel that you lack experience in a specific area, then you should remain humble but state that you are keen to learn or be trained on it, and feel that you may soon excel in it. Even in this, you are selling yourself as a versatile individual with a strong willingness to evolve and learn.
Keep in mind that the interviewer doesn’t know, so you should be prepared to highlight your best self at a moment’s notice.
Sticking to the basics:
It’s true that you should rehearse answering typical interview questions that will surely come up – What do you consider our strengths/weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Etc. – But don’t assume that this is it. Think a little outside the box and practice answering uncommon questions. They may come up, or they may not, but you’ll be glad you were ready if they do.
The same applies to the questions that you will ask the interviewer pertaining to the company and the position in question. Good and thought-provoking questions come from thorough research into the company. Don’t be afraid to get specific. Believe us, they will be flattered that you took the time to look into them in-depth.
Disregarding company culture:
Pick out what you wear to the interview in advance. Ensure you keep in mind he company culture when going through our wardrobe. If the dress code is smart casual, then don’t show up in a 3-piece suit – You won’t succeed in dazzling anyone.
The same applies for your overall attitude, demeanor, and communication style. Obviously you can’t change who you are, and nor should you put on a bogus front, but don’t go overboard. If you are interviewing at what you consider a serious firm, then make sure that you don’t walk in busting jokes left and right. If the environment is more laid back, then you can mimic this by being more open.
Show the employer that you not only qualify for the role, but you also fit in with their culture. Dress and act like you are already part of the company!