Recently, Business Insider asked hiring managers and career experts to explain what behaviors could potentially sway them against a candidate during a job interview. Without realizing it, there are small, subconscious things that you may be doing that could ultimately cost you the job offer:
1. Being ill-prepared
A job candidate who arrives to the interview late, frequently checks their phone throughout the interview or fails to ask questions demonstrates disinterest in the position. If you fail to put effort into preparation for the interview it will be quickly noticed by the interviewer, jeopardizing your hiring chances.
2. Neglecting the details
Martin Yate, author of “Knock ‘em Dead Social Networking: For Job Search and Professional Success” said, “I always want to see the heels of a candidate’s shoes- most people drive and have scuffed right heels- not polishing shoes shows a lack of attention to detail and self-respect.” Though not every interviewer is going to pay close attention to the scuffs on your shoe, many will notice if you arrive to the interview clean and well put tougher. Additionally, your job search materials should be well tailored and serve as an accurate demonstration of your written communication skills.
3. Focusing on job security and not job duties
Job candidates who site job security as their reasoning for wanting a job turn an interview off to the prospect of hiring them. “I don’t have that [job security] to give- you’re secure when you do the job well and clients or metrics are happy,” says Sean Tucker, managing editor of the American Academy of Actuaries in the District of Columbia. Instead of focusing on the prospect of job security, address the specific job duties and demonstrate how you will meet the needs of the employer.
4. Asking the wrong questions at the wrong time
A spokeswoman for the Cambridge, Massachusetts- based marketing platform HubSpot said, “Asking too many questions about money or title too early,” is a sure fire way to lose the employment opportunity. Hold off on asking specific questions about salary, benefits or similar details until you have already received the job offer.
5. Displaying limited emotional intelligence
Hiring managers will look for an indication that you have “good kindergarten skills” according to Rich Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller of Menlo Innovations. In other words, interviewers want to know if you play well with others? Do you share? Can you think out loud? Do you smile and make eye contact? Master the simple, emotional intelligence skills that demonstrate your ability to fit in with a particular company culture.
6. Being elitist
If a job candidate is rude or abrupt to administrative staff or junior-level staff that they encounter while on site for an interview, hiring managers will find out. Acting unkindly towards individuals other than the interviewer will be a sign for the hiring manager what your true character is.
7. Failing to clean up after yourself
If you are offered a glass of water during the interview, then be sure to ask where you can put it or what you should do with it as you get up to leave. Chances are the interviewer will tell you to leave it, but by asking you demonstrate thoughtfulness and good manners.
8. Being a negative Nancy
Jaime Klein, founder of Inspire Human Resources points out, “We spend more time at work than at home with family and friends. Therefore, we need to enjoy our time at the office. We screen out negative candidates who speak disparagingly about former organizations, colleagues or leaders.” Negativity can be contagious and many hiring managers will avoid hiring an individual if they pick up on a pessimistic attitude during the interview.
9. Showcasing all-around rudeness
In a regular interview setting, avoid interrupting the hiring manager or speaking rudely in any way. In more unique settings, such as an interview over lunch, be sure to eat politely, conscientiously order and thank the individual who treated for lunch. Candidates who are rude will very quickly lose the interviewers interest and scrap their chances of being hired.
10. Forgetting to send thank-you notes
Many hiring managers find it unacceptable for a candidate to fail to send a thank-you note following the interview. Following up after the interview allows candidates to stay at the forefront of the hiring managers mind and to demonstrate their gratitude for the opportunity to interview.
Avoid committing the small, simple mistakes above during your interview process in order to ensure that you demonstrate your value as a job candidate to the employer. Eliminating the errors from the process will allow you to position yourself as the most ideal job applicant and receive the job offer.