Facing interview in any job search is one of the most challenging situations for job seekers. Nobody is spared of failures in interviews. Every candidate makes mistakes even after appearing in different interviews. But, we rarely see job seekers taking responsibility for their failures in interviews. Even, in general, few people take responsibility for their mistakes if things go wrong. We have to admit it! At the professional ground, nobody wishes to degrade their professional image in front of others by telling the truth of what’s happened in the interview. We, as listeners, are told a different story that is not fact-based, and we blindly believe it. There are always two sides of the same coin, and we see only one side at a time.
In most of the cases, interview fails because interviewees/candidates are not up to the mark. There could be multiple reasons like candidates are not prepared yet
– To face the interview,
– The skill set is not up to the required standards,
– The apparent difference between the words (resume) and the deeds (skills), – highly ambitious or self-centred,
– Lack of dressing sense,
– Lack of preparation and the list goes on.
It is not the case where one should worry about the degradation of their self-esteem, it is about what is wrong and what is right. Following points would highlight 5 uncommon mistakes which candidate make while appearing in interviews. The subsequent points would be an eye opener for job seekers.
During your next job search avoid these 5 mistakes
Candidate confirms an interview date and misses it. He/she requests for rescheduling the interview. HR reschedules with a new date. The candidate then sends an email message 30 minutes before the interview that he can’t come telling that he/she has some other crucial work to attend or don’t even bother to communicate the message that he/she will not be available.
The candidate appears in an interview without any homework. He/she does not know about the company product or services. The worst part is he/she is not in formals. The interviewee must remember the basic information of the enterprise and know what position he is about to be interviewed. Maintaining the core responsibility is a must for any candidate who is appearing for the interview.
Candidate informs that he cannot join. Once the selection is completed, and HR gives a joining date, the candidate over phone tells that he/she can’t accede to the organisation on decided date as he/she has a week vacation already planned or he has some important work at home for the entire week. Candidates must discuss such scenarios during the interviews once they see a green signal.
Candidate vanishes from the scene. The candidate is ready to join after successfully clearing the hiring process. A lot of time has already been invested. He/she doesn’t join on the said date. He/she doesn’t reply the emails and return call of the HR. He/she just vanishes and is not approachable. HR loses hope and starts finding another potential candidate. And, suddenly the candidate resurfaces and asks can I join now?
Candidate clearly indicates he is very selfish. When a candidate asks questions giving a hint that he/she is self-centred, it ruins the interview. If he/she focuses more on the company’s mission, organisation’s culture and about company’s clients, it creates a negative impact on interviewer’s mind. Besides, there are some more bloopers like asking about the detailed lists of perks, salary transfer date, salary appraisals, etc.
To err is human! We all make mistakes, but it is entirely irrational when one fails to learn from his or her previous mistakes. I hope above mentioned situations will act as an eye opener for job seekers and such habits should be avoided in future during job search.