Almost every single candidate, regardless of country, ethnicity or position, is unnerved by any sort of interview. Be it for a position at a multinational firm or admission into a university, an interview is the only part of the application process that can truly distinguish you and highlight your actual talents and interpersonal, analytical and rational-thinking skills.
Candidates are only called for an interview once the initial parts of their application have been already reviewed. Thus this acts as an opportunity, and the only one at that, which can make or break your career.
While the ultimate decision vests on the people reviewing you, most interviewees do not realise that your ability to steer the interview to your favour is the only thing that matters. The interviewers are there to unnerve you and to find out whether you are actually as impressive as your resume sounds. It is always better to enter the boardroom with a positive attitude and candor that resonates with your character, while keeping in mind that the unexpected can always take place.
From our experiences of working with both interviewers and interviewees at GradConnect, the following are five things that should be avoided during any interview.
Possessing a wrong sense of achievement and pride
You might have attended the best school or university, hung out with the best of people and worn Armani suits, but at the end of the day the people interviewing you will have achieved more in life than you have so far. And that is perfectly fine, but you must not talk or behave in a way that shows you to be superior in any sort of way. Too many people try to turn their nervousness into overconfidence, and when this transpires, the interview is bound to be a disaster. Hold your heads high while retaining humility and a polite attitude. Even when interviewers do their best to imply that you are naught but a worthless piece of nothingness, accept their insinuations and avoid getting into a fit.
Having a shabby appearance
When it comes to a traditional interview for a corporation, it is important to be at your best. By the word best, I do not imply wedding reception-best; I mean business formal. You must dress to impress and wear the same style of clothing you would normally be expected to adorn during the office hours. The only companies where the shabbiness of your clothing might not be a factor are startups and smaller scale tech-firms. Even in these firms, if you are applying for the post of a marketer, a business development executive or client manager, it is still important to suit up and position a smart image in the minds of the interviewers.
Lying, about absolutely anything
I will spare the moral and ethical evocations and spill the universally renowned fact: almost everyone in the subcontinent lie at any sort of application process. This practice, ingrained in our culture, proves to be highly irksome to all recruiters and is also very detrimental to the candidate’s own professional career. If you think there is a lack of qualifications in your resume for the job you are applying, I will definitely recommend you to work towards these achievements and then apply for your dream job. If you are not appropriate for the position, you won’t do well in it anyway, so spare yourself and the recruiters the trouble and use your time to focus on what suits your qualifications the best.
Arguing with the interviewers
We had this candidate once who quarreled with us during the interview about a club football game. While he definitely raised some really valid points passionately, at the end of the day, we found him to be too loud for our team. Companies value all sorts of diverse opinion, but never want loud-voiced people who can hardly be effective team players. This is why interviewers are always trying to test your temperament and opinionating your voice is just one, extremely effective means of finding out how good your interpersonal abilities are. In the aforementioned case, the candidate could have simply said, “While I respect your opinion and understand the points you are trying to make, for me my team is simply the best from my perspective,” and the entire issue would have evaporated instantly in his favour.
Those who have been stammering since birth are advised to watch The King’s Speech and if possible, take a speech training session. I am sure they are offered in several places in Dhaka. But the gist of the idea is, if you can’t express yourself and your ideas properly, and have to be broken off during your speech while you are halfway through, you are definitely not going to make a good candidate