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Job interview: 10 mistakes to avoid

A job interview is of crucial importance for our career: we know that there is no second chance to make a good first impression.

Here there are the ten worst mistakes to avoid during a job interview, wheter with the HR office or with a potential client.

THAT’S AS GOOD AS ANY

Deve essere chiaro sin da subito che voi volete quel lavoro. Proprio quello, non un lavoro qualsiasi, tanto perché vi serve uno stipendio.

Nel lavoro, come in amore, in amicizia e in tante altre cose, la passione e l’entusiasmo fanno la differenza. A parità di curriculum, vincerà sempre la persona più interessata e motivata.

 

BEING LATE

Arriving late is a sign of: low interest, rudeness, disorganization, bad behaviour. Allo f these seems to me very good reasons to be discarded a priori.

Obviously even arriving too early can create discomfort, especially if the appointment is not in a medium-large company.

 

 

 

UNPREPARED

Take a good look at everything: the company website, the project you may be involved in, the market and the competitors. You will be more prepared for unexpected questions.

But above all you will demonstrate a sincere interest, without giving the impression that you have sent a thousand CVs around and that you are there just by chance.

 

 

 

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE

We all want to make a good impression, but honesty is more appreciated than a good lie.

You do not speak English fluently? Well, do not introduce yourself as a mother tongue!

 

 

 

PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT

As in many other situations, the winning attitude is to be yourself.

Why showing off or building a character if sooner or later you will be unveiled?

 

 

PROFESSIONALITY IS IN THE DETAILS

One thing is  our private life, in which we are free to do what we like. But at work we have to be professional in every aspect that concerns us.

Avoid embarrassing email addresses (lollymolly89 @ …) or inadequate photos (it doesn’t matter if you look fine). I am referring to: selfies, flirty poses, unprofessional locations …

 

 

INADEQUATE CLOTHING

It does not matter that the working environment is informal, no matter if the person who interviews you is dressed more casual. The dress code for a job interview must be formal.

Of course, you also need to be consistent with your work environment, but generally is better to be more elegant. Because even inadequate clothing could be seen as a sign of little interest.

 

 

 

SPEAKING ILL OF EX COLLEGUES

In general, no one likes people who are negative, critical and complacent.

But how might an employer or a potential client feel about hearing someone gossiping about their predecessors?

 

 

UNDERESTIMATE YOUR ONLINE IMAGE

Perhaps not everyone knows it, but it is a practice for recruiters to go looking for candidates on Social Media. Of course it is what a potential customer also does: beware what they might find.

Of course, everyone in the private is free to do what she/he wants; but please leave your embarrassing photos private.

 

 

 

COLDNESS AND LACK OF EMPATHY

Recruiters, as well as customers, are not machines: they are people who are choosing people. Do not underestimate the human factor: focus on empathy, emotions, whatever your job could be.

After all, they are not just choosing a service provider, but a person with whom they will spend time together. And hopefully it could be nice!

 

 

 

Rossella Migliaccio
Image Consultant

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