Have you ever wondered why you didn't get that job that you seemed so perfect for? Well, you could have made just one tiny mistake and not even realized it! After all, when it comes to interviewing, there are so many things we're supposed to remember like showing up ten minutes early and keeping great eye contact. However, there are a few unspoken rules that are a little less obvious. Depending on the interviewer, one of these tiny mistakes could even cost you the job.
Not Bringing a Resume
Even though you've already e-mailed your potential employer a resume, it's still very wise to bring one to the interview. The reason is because they might not have it on hand themselves, and the last thing you want to do is wait for them to search for it on their computers! Also, they might bring in a colleague to watch the interview who has not received your resume, so be sure to bring a few.
Remember, when you do bring a resume, print it on resume paper so that it looks as professional as possible. Make sure that the one you print out matches the one you sent them, unless you have something new and worthwhile to include.
Not Turning Off Your Cell Phone
Having your cell phone ring during an interview is a sure way to get crossed off their list. When your cell phone rings or indicates you received a text, all you're telling the interviewer is that you didn't care enough to turn it off.
Using Poor Language
When an interview is going well and we start to get more comfortable, words can slip. Try to avoid crude language or slang. Not everyone is from the same cultural background, and a slang word to you could be very offensive to your interviewer.
Not Ironing Your Shirt
When you get dressed for an interview, you have to dress to impress. However, most people think that putting on a suit is enough, and it isn't. You have to take your wardrobe to the next level. You can do this by ensuring that your shirt and pants/skirt are completely starched and pressed. Please make sure that your shoes are shined as well and that you have covered up anything suggestive, like tattoos or random piercings. It's not fair to be judged on appearance alone, but that's exactly what's going to happen in a high-stakes interview.
Forgetting to Send a Thank You Note
Thank you notes are so important. When you leave an interview, be sure to jot down the names of everyone you spoke to. An e-mail thank you is not nearly personal enough. To stand out from the crowd and the other interviewees, send a handwritten note on personalized stationary.
If you can get through your interview without making one of these five small mistakes, you will be well on your way to securing the job of your dreams, and by extension, your future.