Common Mistakes to Avoid During the Interview
Way to go, WTI students! Your awesome resume landed you a job interview! On paper everything is as it should be. You are impressive and qualified. While you should celebrate the victory of being called in for an interview, know that you still have some work to do if you want to land a job. Avoid these mistakes and you are well on your way to a GREAT job interview:
Arriving late – This may seem like a no-brainer, but nothing will kick your interview off on the wrong foot more than arriving late. Arriving late may indicate two possible things to your interviewer: 1) You are not taking this interview seriously. 2) You are not a timely person in your day-to-day life. Neither one of these are the impressions you would like to elicit, so arrive no fewer than 10 minutes early to your interview. Emergencies may arise, and in the event that they do, notify your interviewer as soon as possible so they are aware and can plan their day accordingly. Note: Notifying your interviewer that you will be late due to an unforeseen emergency will demonstrate your courteousness.
Not asking questions when given the opportunity –There may come a time when your interviewer asks you if you have any questions for him or her. Now is the time to demonstrate your interest in the company by asking thoughtful questions such as: “What is the culture like around the office?” “For my position, can you tell me what a typical day is like?” These questions will show the interviewer that you have given this interview, as well as the position itself, a great deal of thought and that you are truly passionate about landing this job. Note: Jot down some questions prior to your interview and rehearse them before walking in. You will feel much more comfortable now that the questions have already rolled off your tongue.
Dressing too casual – Nothing screams unprofessionalism like casual dress to a job interview. You might have heard that the place you are interviewing has a more casual environment. While this may be a great perk of the job, you should never take advantage of this by showing up too casual for the interview. Err on the side of professionalism! A potential employer will be impressed at your professionalism and will likely appreciate the seriousness of your clothing choice. Dress to impress! Tip: For men, a suit is always a safe bet! Women: A professional skirt or pantsuit is the way to go!
For more information about interview strategy and more, reach out to WTI Student Services! WTI is passionate in not only your education but your career success as well. This being said, Student Services also provides insight into career placement!
Happy interviewing, WTI students!