Top Interview Blunders

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Top Interview Blunders

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Interviews are important business interactions where a win-win would mean
​the ​candidate wanting to work for ​the ​prospective employer as much as ​the ​prospective employer wanting the candidate to work for them. Such perfect​ scenario is a rare ​occurrence, mainly due to ​a few gaffes from otherwise good candidates. ​Let’s look at ​five such ​blun​ders that ​spoil the interviewer experience and ​hence, the success.

In-​compatible Dressing
The current workforce has representation from Generation X, Y and Z, thereby increasing complexity. Your attire choice for interview speaks volumes and could attract flak or win brownie points. It will be a disaster ​to attend interview in a large MNC clad in casuals, ​which is fine in ​a Start-up. Female candidates ​need ​to be ​a bit more​ careful with their attire selection​ because formal attire for ​ladies has a wide ​range. Best approach ​is to understand the culture of your prospective employer and to be a Roman when in Rome​.​

Low Energy/Enthusiasm
Nothing puts off interviewers as much as a weak handshake, bad eye contact, ​lack of ​a ​genuine smile​, lack of knowledge about the organization and lack of curiosity​. On the flip​ ​side​,​ there are few Tarzans out there, who stare interviewers down and crush their palms via handshakes, showcasing excessive energy. The body language during ​an ​interview ​is important and speaks a lot about your interest and energy levels without uttering a word. Use self-help tools, demo videos, observe superior mortals and practice regularly to hone these life skills to attain perfection

Bad Mouthing Previous Employer
Irrespective of who interviews you and however they probe, staying away from cribbing will help. Some c​andidates in an attempt to impress the prospective employer, get into professional bad mouthing of organization ​hoping that their interviewer would be impressed by their candor. ​However, this is an easy way to see the exit door as interviewers ​normally interpret this behaviour to be an indicator of what the future could be for their employer brand. Be truthful, optimistic and stay away from ​delving deep into the negative aspects about firms/people

Bed Time Stories
There are candidates who are proficient in ‘talking in circles’. They talk for hours without conveying any iota of information to anyone. Being precise, focused and crisp in communicating helps all. This skill needs to be acquired especially​ if you are aspiring to grow up the corporate ladder fast. There is another and more important dimension to storytelling. Tall claims of contributions not backed by data and lack of real time examples puts ​the ​credibility ​of the candidate ​at stake. Preparing well for interview and practicing talks regularly ​with a focus on the listener and his or her interest is the thumb rule

Gadget Usage during Interviews
Given the penetration of smart phones, Social Media usage is excessive today to the tune of people staying glued to 5.5” screens perennially. Irritating message tones/rings/alerts from candidates’ handheld devices during interview will distract interviewees and affect answers first and job opportunity ​second. In an attempt to show-case dedication, few candidates end up texting/calling current employers in​ the middle of an​ interview. Such tactics, we need to understand was a thing of the past and is useless today. Phones ​must ​be ​either ​Silent​ or ​Switched off during ​an ​interview.

Source : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-interview-blunders-ganesh-s-padmanabhan

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