All workers go through job interviews and it sometimes feels like all our hopes and dreams are anchored on that thirty-minute conversation. Some people cave under the pressure because of all that an interview represents. My normally intelligent brother behaves like a bumbling simpleton whenever faced with a job interview. What more for people who hopes to get a job abroad? We can’t promise that all will be well but we can provide you with plenty of tips.
Five Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Job Interview
Giving Off Negative Vibes
My brother said that he immediately looks at the ceiling after being asked a question, as if the light fixtures can provide him with the answers. Doing something like this will convey to the interviewer that you don’t have any self-confidence. Smile, maintain eye contact, straighten your posture, and fake that confidence. Don’t come off as overconfident, though, as that can also come off as negative.
Not Having a Copy of Your Résumé Ready
Not all interviewers are organized, and sometimes, they will ask you if you have a copy of your résumé during the interview proper. It shows that you are prepared and ready for contingencies if you have a copy with you. You can also review beforehand what you’ve put in there, so that when you are cross-examined about it, you won’t be lost.
Fiddling With Your Phone
Put that phone away. Make sure that you have your phone on airplane mode. Just putting it on silent mode may wreck your train of thought if it vibrated during an inopportune time. It also gives the impression that you’re not that invested if you constantly fiddle with your phone during the interview.
Focusing Too Much on Past Accomplishments
I got laughed at by my colleagues when I told them that I included accomplishments back when I was a student. My reasoning was that, hey, I did that and it was hard! It’s a mistake because I’ve had several years of employment experience since I was a university student. It’s no longer relevant to include that in the interview or in my résumé.
Mouthing Platitudes and Generalizations
Answers to questions like, “What can you contribute to this organization?” should be specific and concrete. Don’t just say that you’re hardworking and patient. Say something about a particular instance from your past work that displayed your perseverance and patience. Give milestones and career highlights and your interviewers will remember you. It will give you that edge that you’re looking for.