Dear CoachFaith: I have gone through you blog! It’s so insightful! I have been in the Telecoms for about five years now! I actually got the job on reference, so never had to take an interview, I have never taken interview in my life! However, a recent development in the organisation saw a number of us loosing our job. I feel the conditions for disengaging us was not fair! However, I want to move on. What is your advise on interviews generally? Daniel, Ikeja.
Dear Daniel: I am sorry about the recent event at your work. However am happy you are not staying down. To the Point: Job interviews are opportunities for you to convince employers that you are not only good enough for the job; you are the perfect fit for it. Considering that there will be other people trying to land the same position, making mistakes can be disastrous. There are 1,000,000+ advises outside there on Job interview. I will not tell you what to do, because there are no ALMIGHTY FORMULA FOR INTERVIEW SUCCESS as some know it all writers suggest but will rather highlight some pitfall I have observed in my experience as an interviewee and interviewer. Here are some of the job interview mistakes that you should avoid.
1. Lack of Research
Your employer will pick this in the first three minutes of any interview. One important aspect of the preparation is by knowing more about the company. Some job applicants make the mistake of going to a job interview without knowing more about the company they wish to work for. So when a question related to the company business comes up, they fail to give a good answer. This ignorance comes off as disinterest in the eyes of employers. If you wish to ace that job interview, make sure you do your homework – get handy facts! You can jot digits, important names, dates, etc in a small jotter, take it around with you right into the interview of need be!
2. Having A Negative Mindset
Some people can bring a negative attitude into a job interview. You may have a bad experience with a previous employer in the past, however, trying to highlight it (your previous bad experience) during a job interview can bring a negative impression. Having a positive attitude going into a job interview can improve your chances of making a good impression on the employer. Have a positive outlook on even your last employer. For example, the great minds you met working there, the challenging working environment, etc.
3. Pretending To Be An All-Around Expert
There is a right way and a wrong way to impress an employer during a job interview. Pretending that you can do it all can be a mistake. If questions arise whether you can handle certain responsibilities and you answer, “Yes” to all of them, you may be in trouble. Other than making such pretentions obvious, it can land you in a precarious situation once you do get the job, you will be exposed quickly. Be honest in your job interview instead. Be more aware of your strengths and weaknesses and base your answer to job interview questions from that view. In fact, the ‘willingness to learn’ is an adavantage, anytime!
4. Not Taking Social Media Seriously
I hope you know better on this! Social media has become a way for many recruiters to research about potential hires. They can learn a lot about someone through their social media profile. Make it work for you – edit your social media profile (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to the past two years, delete any sensitive content. Or, try to create a social media profile that will show employers how you may be right for the job. Take your LinkedIn Profile more seriously! Try out a Video CV and thank me later. Ultimately, Show a personal side that impresses them, not turn them away. Your posts on your social media can easily give you away if you are not careful. And also, it is important not to dismiss any questions regarding social media during job interviews. Be honest about it instead of trying to steer the conversation away from it.
+ leverage on the contacts of some of your colleagues (get the news of your recent developments to friends) in other telecoms organisations if you want to remain in the industry. If you have acquired some tranferable skills and certification over the years GOOD.
5. No Questions
If a job applicant does not have any questions for the employer, it may send out the wrong signals. The employer may think that the applicant is not interested or does not know what he or she is getting into. It pays to prepare questions related to the job you apply for or concerning the company. It shows how much you prepared to get to know your potential employer or interested in what your situation will be in case you get hired.
I hope this is helpful! Best of Luck, I will stay in touch!