1.Poor non-verbal communication
- It’s about demonstrating confidence –
- Eye contact may be in your favor in the virtual job interview – the person, or persons are looking straight at you on the screen, and you are looking back.
- Less distractions. Stay focused!
2. Not dressing for the job or company – “over casual”
- Just because you are sitting at home in front of your computer, does not give you license to wear just anything. You are still being judged.
- Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking.
3. Not listening – only worrying about what you are going to say
- From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly.
- If you are not listening – “turning up your intuitive” – you are missing a major opportunity.
- Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what they said. Observe your interviewer and match that style and pace.
4. Talking too much – telling it all – even if it’s not relevant
- Telling the interviewer more than they need to know could be a fatal mistake.
- When you have not prepared ahead of time you may tend to ramble, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job.
- Prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting; matching your skills with the requirements of the position, and relating only that information.
5. Being overly familiar – your new best friend is NOT the interviewer
- Being at home sitting in your dining room or bedroom while interviewing, may feel very casual, but the interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about making a new friend.
- The level of familiarity should mimic the demeanor of the interviewer.
- It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview, and to ask questions, but not to overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.
6. Using inappropriate language – you “guys”- “know what I mean”
- It’s a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics, or sexual preferences. These topics could get the door slammed on you very quickly.
7. Being over-confident – over-stepping your position as a candidate.
- Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism, and modesty.
- Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, if you over-do, you’re not being your “authentic self.” The interviewer is sizing you up and trying to see if you would be a good fit in the department or company.
- Be yourself! But, your professional self.
8. Not answering the question asked – “jumping in without thinking”
- When an interviewer asks for an “example of a time,” when you did something, he or she is seeking a sample of your past behavior.
- If you fail to relate a “specific” example, you not only don’t answer the question, but you miss an opportunity to prove your ability and tell about your skills. (Behavioral questions are about your “past” – a time when….)
9. Not asking questions – a missed opportunity that you will live to regret
- When asked if they have any questions, the majority of candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer!
- It is extremely important to ask questions. It demonstrates an interest in what goes on in the company.
- It also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you.
- The best questions come from listening to what is asked during the interview and asking for additional information.
10. Appearing desperate – “Please, please hire me!”
- It’s a tough job market, and you need a job! But, when you interview with the “Please, please, hire me,” approach you appear desperate and less confident.
- Maintain the three “C’s” during the interview: Cool, Calm, and Confident!You know you can do the job! Now, make sure the interviewer believes you can, too!