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|Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Thecvbankng: 5:30pm On Sep 26, 2019|
When searching for a job or looking out for a new one, it is not enough to be qualified for the job. You need to know how to pass the interview stage. There are certain interview mistakes that can prevent you from getting hired even if you are the best fit for the job. What this means is that you might be academically qualified for the job, possess the right skillset to be productive and even have tonnes of experience and still not get hired. Why? The reason is simple. Employers pay as much attention to your performance at a job interview as they do to your CV, work experience, qualifications and certifications.
Always remember that when you get invited for a job interview, you are contesting for the job with several other candidates. This is the point where you want to steer clear of mistakes that can jeopardise your chances of getting hired.Failing to do Your Research
You can’t just walk into a job interview without any prior preparation or research. You need to find out and understand what the company does. Find out who your potential employer’s target audience is. Take a look at what their competitors are doing. The more information you have, the better equipped you would be to respond to the interview questions. This will help you understand the relevance of your skills to the needs of the company
Answering Questions Like It’s an Exam
A job interview is not an examination where all that is required of you are specific responses. It is not enough to answer the interviewer’s questions satisfactorily as you would do for an oral academic assessment.
Your goal at job interviews is to get the interviewer off his/her script. What does this mean? Most interviewers can almost predict the responses of candidates especially when the responses eventually come out as short and breezy. You can achieve this by sharing relevant examples of how you demonstrated similar skills in your previous employment or a current one. Never forget that your goal is to stand out at the interview. Give the interviewer a reason to see you as the best fit for the job.
Not Citing Examples
Most employers want employees who bring experience and insight into their existing strategies and targets. When responding to questions, feel free to cite various examples and scenarios that buttress your competence for the job. You must, however, ensure that they are relevant.
Employers love confident candidates but you should be cautious not to cross the line of confidence into the zone of showing off. Intellectual arrogance is not taken lightly by interviewers and you don’t want to mar your chances by expressing yourself or acting in a way that could be considered annoying. Present your skills and experience but try not to overdo it. Moderation is the keyword here.
Mobile Phone Distraction
We cannot overemphasize this, especially in this digital age. Mobile constitute a huge distraction to both you and the interviewer during interviews. The moment you step into the venue of the interview, remember to either switch your phone off or opt for a silent profile. Mobile phone addiction remains a big turnoff for interviewers and employers.
Not Asking Questions
Not asking questions during an interview shows a lack of genuine interest in the company. In some cases, it makes the interviewer question your intelligence and general enthusiasm. The interviewer is bound to ask you several questions but you should also have questions of your own. Don’t just ask random questions, make sure they are relevant.
Negative Comments About Previous or Current Employer
Very few things hurt your chances of getting a job as much as dropping negative vibes and comments about a previous or current employer at a job interview. It speaks volumes about your capacity to carry resentment. Interviewers are often quick to realise that you are very likely to speak negatively about the company when you are no longer with the company. Instead, eYou don’t want to be that candidate who avoids eye contact during an interview. Other things that you do that indicate poor body language include a weak handshake, not smiling or not sitting appropriately. All of these add up to show a weakness in character, underconfidence and a tendency to hide something.
Not Paying Attention
Imagine making an interviewer repeat several questions over and over again or letting your mind drift away from the interview is one way to lose the job to other candidates. During an interview, you have to ensure you give the interviewer your 100% attention. You don’t have to stare straight into his/her eyes for prolonged minutes or make him/her uncomfortable but you need to concentrate on the interview. This is one of the reasons you are advised to have a good night of sleep before attending an interview.
There are ways your voice and nonverbal cues can suggest to an interviewer that you are not interested in the job. You need to actively participate in the interview. Spin your interview into a conversation that highlights how your skill set and how it can help the company achieve its short-term and long-term goals and objectives.
Talking Too Much or Too Little
There is a place for moderation during interviews. Your interviewer wants to ensure that you are the kind of person the company wants on the team. Talking continuously for too long or giving monosyllabic responses will not get you the job. You need to be able to strike that perfect balance between speaking confidently and responding intelligently to questions asked by the interviewer.
The moment you begin to falsify information during an interview, you are making a huge mistake. Lies are not only unethical but can get both you and your potential into a lot of legal trouble. If you don’t possess certain skills, there’s no point lying about that. Honesty remains the best policy.
Not Following Up
Do you think you should follow up with your interviewer after an interview? The answer is yes. You shouldn’t leave an interview and sit back for weeks waiting for someone to contact you. This does not mean you should begin to stalk your interviewer. Rather, cultivate the habit of calling in periodically to let the company know you are still available especially when you are not hired after the interview.
Bringing Up the Salary Too Early
Remuneration is a very crucial part of an interview but some candidates make the mistakes of bringing it up way before the interviewer gets to that point. This is a wrong move at an interview and will send wrong signals to an interviewer.
Interviews are one of the most sensitive stages of a company’s recruitment process. Adequately preparing for an interview will go a long way in helping you nail it. If you’re having problems getting interviews, consider re-writing your CV as this will increase your chances of being shortlisted for an interview.
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by ify2016: 6:41pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Fantastic advice but where can you go without the power that be. Nigeria CV without connection is a product of trash bag. My CV lasted for over 3 years with the security after submitting it through a receptionist but got the same job after meeting my church member who helped me secure the same job with same company after 2 weeks. It's just his grace and not by submitting thousands of CV.
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by msquarewin(m): 7:14pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by GIDIBANKZ(m): 7:14pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Seun #bringbackouroldnairaland oooo
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by itsme01: 7:14pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Always try to be honest in your C.Vs if your true hobbies are watching Pornhub , Xvideos and dancing soapy,. why decieve your boss by including traveling and reading journals
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Digipro: 7:14pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by VAPatrick: 7:14pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by slawomir: 7:15pm On Sep 26, 2019|
that is my nigggar
Honesty is dope
No legacy is so rich as honesty
I once told my employer that my hobbies are
And i love women
Surprisingly when names was pasted i came out as number three
I was employed
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by hamid6249: 7:15pm On Sep 26, 2019|
All these wahala too much
Dont talk too much , dont talk too less
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Hotzone(m): 7:16pm On Sep 26, 2019|
I wish all job seekers better employment
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Femich18(m): 7:16pm On Sep 26, 2019|
If the job is for you its for you. its not by reading how to attend interviews that matter.
Just pray for God's direction and be hardworking. That's all
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Harrymig1(m): 7:16pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Educative. OP thank you.
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Nobody: 7:16pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by ise82(m): 7:18pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Nice1. Not all the stuffs op put up there. Getting a job like 350k up is based on relationship oo. If u knock and nobody opens it means you don’t know anybody there. Build relationship and u will get your dream job.
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Thecvbankng: 7:19pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Sad reality. Yes
But in some firms, such is unheard of. Especially multinationals. Some go as far as having most part of their recuritment conducted from the headquarters somewhere outside of Africa. But one has to be adequately prepared and ready to take the opportunity when it presents itself in a country like Nigeria where the rate of unemployment is high
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by straighttalk(m): 7:19pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Why must the employers place emphasis on such a negligible point over the talent and merits
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Jh0wsef(m): 7:20pm On Sep 26, 2019|
You don't need an interview when you can be your own boss sometimes. I design and get all profit to myself.
I am even running an online training on WhatsApp
You still can slot in
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by donshogzy(m): 7:20pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Please I need an advice ooooo
I went for an interview around August... I went through 3 interviews.. Had 2 with the company md.. And on the last day, he told me verbally that I'd been appointed... Man was congratulated.
He told me I would get the appointment letter via EMAIL ... AND till date I'd been a watchman of my mail with no message
What do you think is wrong?
I need help ���
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by RexTramadol1: 7:21pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by KubwaBoy: 7:23pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by ednut1(m): 7:25pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Read up about the company and freestyle the rest. You go dey alright
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Femich18(m): 7:27pm On Sep 26, 2019|
donshogzy:Have you checked your spam? If you have and you sure it isn't try to go to the company and inquire from the MD.
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Tajbol4splend(m): 7:31pm On Sep 26, 2019|
People still dey do interview, interview on top 25k job for graduate, dress like this dress like that, interview my foot, shior.
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by zeebra24: 7:32pm On Sep 26, 2019|
well...i dont knw all these things.all i knw is that i went to abuja (national assembly) got a note from a certain senator..took it to my agency submit my cv,next was called to come and get my appointment letter.
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|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Daveoo(m): 7:34pm On Sep 26, 2019|
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by chubysoft1(m): 7:36pm On Sep 26, 2019|
If they say you should wait, bros you get option. Call them from time to time, my advice.
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by donshogzy(m): 7:40pm On Sep 26, 2019|
I called the MD's personal secretary around middle of this month.. She told me to put my mind at rest... That the letter isn't ready... And September is gonna wrap up soon.. Just confused
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by Kazeemakeem(m): 7:41pm On Sep 26, 2019|
Oga mail do hang,go to the company and ask u de houz de wait
|Re: Top Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid by seanwilliam(m): 7:42pm On Sep 26, 2019|
well in nigeria, what you know takes 30% why who u know takes 70%
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