It is essential to arrive at an interview prepared. Research the position and the company for which you are applying and be prepared to discuss them and give feedback. Review the company website to glean information about the executive team, management structure, product specialties, recent news, and big contractual wins. Show up on time, with a portfolio or copy of your résumé handy for discussion, and any other materials necessary for the interview.
Know the target job description inside out
Know what you can do and be ready to tell the hiring team. Know what you can’t do and be prepared to justify that to the hiring team.
You Have a Negative Attitude
Employers generally ask a number of questions of candidates about previous employers, past experiences, and personal opinions. While it is important to be honest and candid, you also need to pay attention to the way you present your answers. Criticizing former employers or jobs is a poor way to recommend yourself, as is negativity in general. Try to convey a positive attitude and talk about the good things you could take away from previous experiences.
You Have Low Energy or Enthusiasm
Companies want to hire people who are enthusiastic about the job and will work hard to meet professional goals. If you go into an interview and can’t speak enthusiastically about the position, or show that you haven’t researched it or bothered to learn about the company, you are much less likely to be offered the job. An employer wants to see that you really want the role with their company and haven’t just shown up because you’re in the market for a move and any old job will do!
You Have An Undesirable Social Media Presence
Either prior to selecting candidates for interview or prior to making an offer an employer may conduct a search of the various social media platforms or other online forums to assess your online persona. I’ve written more about that on other blogs. Keep all online interactions above board and consider whether or not you would want a prospective employer to read the post before hitting the submit button.
You Fail to Engage
It is imperative that you be able to interact with the hiring manager in a positive and intelligent manner. If you don’t participate in the interview process by answering questions fully and asking a few of your own, an employer is much less likely to offer you a position in the company. Be professional and active in the conversation, and your effort will make a positive impression.
Prepare yourself against these common problems, and you will be a step ahead of other prospective candidates for the job you desire. For more information about professional resume services in Calgary and in-depth interview coaching with a former executive recruiter, visit my website at www.expertresumewriter.ca for more information.