Posted December 17th, 2021

The difference between winning or losing that job..

OMG! Did I really say that?” How many times have  you heard yourself say this, after a job interview? That play back “cringe” that you experience and that after-shock while you rewind your performance at the interview and worry yourself sick over what you said, how you said it, or didn’t say, or could’ve said .. coulda-woulda-shouda

All I can say is that experience is a damn fine thing, so keep applying for roles and keep attending as many interviews as you can. When you are rewinding and reliving your interview experience, try to remember the great and the good things you did too!  Many interviewees suffer the after-shame, and many get better the next time round! Just in case you don’t already know, here are  13 tips on what you must NEVER say or do! Memorize these mandatory rules …  here are the DON’Ts

  1. Bag or bad mouth past or current employers, claiming a negative experience – wrong! Stay positive and sound grateful!
  2. Over-talk and bang on and on…just answer the question your were asked succinctly and precisely
  3. Avoid eye contact – make sure you connect with the interviewer/s with good eye contact and SMILE
  4. Turn up ill prepared and without researching the company before the interview
  5. Turn up late or not at all!
  6. Mumble – practice speaking clearly
  7. Dress inappropriately – dress to impress always
  8. Act shy and say “I’m not used to Interviews”. Or  “I am nervous”.
  9. Respond with a “NO” ….  and say nothing else… always commence and couch responses positively
  10. Behave disinterested and bored
  11. Claim you want the job because of the easy hours and its close proximity to your home address!
  12. Have NO questions prepared to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview
  13. Have a resume filled with fake assertions- present with an authentic resume!

Hope this helps you in your next interview!

Ivana Agapiou career advisor and resume writer