You Got the Interview - Now Don't Blow It

You worked out the kinks in your resume, you wrote the perfect cover letter, and you secured an interview. So now that you have the opportunity to be face to face with your potential new employer, what mistakes do you need to avoid making so you don’t blow your chances of being hired? Here is a listing of Hiring Manager Pet Peeves – behaviors that will most likely guarantee you won’t get the job.

  1. Not asking questions: Failing to ask questions of your interviewer can show both a lack of interest in the role, and a lack of preparation for the interview itself. “People often get hired due to their questions not their answers,” says Robin Reshwan, founder of staffing firm Collegial Services. “Asking questions of an employer is a great opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the company and role.”  Your questions should be well thought out, detailed, and show that you prepared for the interview, and ultimately want the job. Reshwan adds “If an interviewee does not ask questions, it may lead the interviewer to think that they are not invested in the opportunity.”
  2. Bashing Your Current or Previous Employer: You may not be able to stand your current boss, but don’t let a potential future employer know that. “Everyone knows that things happen, and people part ways. It’s how the parting of the ways is explained that makes all the difference,” advises Patricia Webb, Human Resources Specialist at marine lighting firm, Lumitec. “When candidates speak ill of their employer, it leaves me with no level of confidence that they can handle conflict diplomatically and professionally.”
  3. Sending Poor Follow-up Emails: We all know it’s good form to send a quick email or thank you note to the interviewer, thanking them for seeing you, and reiterating why you’d be a good fit for the role. But how long should it be? Craig Vived, founder of San Francisco based search firm Vivalta, Inc., notes “A simple thank you email no longer than a paragraph, thanking the interviewer(s) for his or her time and mentioning a couple key reasons you are interested in the position is sufficient; any more than that, and you run the risk of ruining your chances of getting hired after a perfectly good interview.”

Good hunting.


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