What can kill a great interview? Here are a few things that you can do to destroy your chances of getting hired.
1. Failing to be prepared with specific examples of your skill set including your measurable accomplishments. These should be related to the job requirements that are stated in the open position.
2. Neglecting to research the company and prepare questions related to both the company and the open position. The following questions are helpful:
a. What are the short and long term goals of the company?
b. What is the vision of the department?
c. What is the company environment like?
d. What concerns need to be addressed immediately?
e. What do you see happening with this position for the next 3 to 6 months?
f. What are the particular attributes needed to succeed in this job?
g. What are the challenges a person coming to this job will face?
3. Leaving your common sense at home by:
a. Wearing to much cologne or hairspray
b. Chewing gum
c. Forgetting to turn off your cell phone (not on vibrate).
d. Arriving late or too early.
e. Using words such as “like” or ending your responses in, “you know”.
f. Avoiding eye contact.
g. Extending a weak hand shake.
h. Dressing inappropriately.
4. Bad mouthing your former company, manager or co-workers.
5. Bringing up discussion around salary or benefits in without being prompted.
6. Talking too much.
7. Appearing arrogant or acting as if you know more than the interviewer.
8. Acting disinterested.
What do you think is the #1 interview killer? Answering the phone during an interview mill most likely not get you hired.