Doing well during an interview can be a crucial aspect of your job search and can pave the road to another level of the hiring process. Knowing some interview red flags to watch out for can help determine the outcome of your experience. Here are some to consider:
1. Be punctual! Arriving late for an interview suggests that the candidate has not made the effort to arrive on time, even a little early for the interview. This may give the impression they are not sufficiently motivated by this offer of employment.
2. Complaining about previous workplaces or employers. This type of action may show that the candidate has problems with authority or prefers to blame others; they potentially lack discretion or professional judgement on what is or isn’t appropriate to share.
3. Not being properly prepared. If a candidate is not prepared, such as showing some knowledge of the organization, the products provided, current projects etc, it shows a lack of interest in the organization. Other items to have on hand, a copy of their resume and a pen- to note things during the interview process.
4. Asking questions about compensation and benefits too early. A salary fixation suggests that a candidate is not engaged with the job, only the results of a paycheck.
5. Being disrespectful to lower level employees. If you are interviewing for a management position, and you treat the receptionist or assistant with disrespect, this shows the employer an example of your leadership qualities. Does this type of attitude translate to their supervisor skills?
6. Body Language. This is becoming more and more important. Managers are learning about body language in their management programs. Have good eye contact, sit up straight, and be engaged in the conversation.
Interviewing is an important part of the hiring process, make sure you are promoting yourself in the best possible way. Don’t take an interview too lightly, the employer isn’t.