7 “Don’ts” If You Want to Get Hired

All of us hate going to job interviews, don’t we? Well, maybe not everyone hates it, but the majority of applicants describe the job-interview process as a “horrible” experience. People get stressed and very nervous when they think about sitting in front of an interviewer and answering questions, even if they actually know the answers. All of us have been there at some point in our lives, and believe it or not, the hiring managers who are interviewing people like you today were once interviewees themselves — and they hated it too!

So, what’s so horrible about going to a job interview? It could be the fear of not feeling prepared enough. Perhaps it’s the anxiety of meeting a new person who is making a decision about your future career and possibly even future promotions. Maybe it’s the discomfort of not knowing exactly what to expect when you walk in the room. Or you could just not like being interviewed in general and feel that talking to someone who is possibly more experienced than you is not your cup of tea.

We asked Natalia Atif, a QA Lead with over ten years’ experience in Quality Assurance to share her experience on the interviews passing.

Natalia, what is wrong with interviews?

We all have our reasons for disliking interviews, but let me share a secret with you: your hiring manager may also not enjoy the process of making a decision all that much. They may not be very social or confident, either, and would have preferred someone else to hire a good, qualified person. However, this is an unavoidable part of a manager’s job. They must hire people and sometimes — unfortunately — fire them. Your hiring manager is a human, and they probably have their own insecurities to battle every day.

I was a hiring manager too. I had to make decisions that not everyone liked or expected from me at times. My role was to hire the right person, but you may be surprised to know that the “right” person was not always the smartest one in the room. In fact, hiring managers are not looking for the smartest people; they are looking for people with whom they feel comfortable working. Yes, you read that right! As a hiring manager, I looked for people I could easily integrate into my team. At this point, you may be wondering about candidates’ professional qualities — isn’t that what’s actually important when hiring for a job? The answer is yes — and no.

Yes, skills are important. After all, that’s why we are hiring for a particular role. But we meet many people who possess fairly similar skills and knowledge. Some can have more experience than others, but at the end of the day, all of the candidates get screened before they come in for an interview. What that means is that the majority of these people are on the same level professionally. Not all of them will get hired, however, and this is due to a number of common mistakes that many of them make during the interviewing process.

So today I would like to discuss the main mistakes that even experienced applicants make when they start looking for a new job. Read carefully and try to avoid them in your own professional life. These are the most common mistakes, which means that the majority of people make them over and over again.

So, what should you avoid doing if you want to get hired?

  1. Be late for an interview. Hiring managers are busy people. They usually squeeze interviews into their already tight schedule, and the last thing they want to experience is waiting for a candidate to show up. If someone is late for such an important event, the hiring manager will take that to mean this person may be late with their job tasks and will need constant guidance in terms of timing and deadlines. Trust me — no one wants to have extra workload on their shoulders. No manager wants to be a babysitter who must constantly supervise and guide the kids in their group. If you do happen to be late for your interview, then you’d better have a very good reason for it and call HR in advance. Let’s say, for example, you are stuck behind a traffic accident and there is no way you can make it on time. My advice is you should let the company know and give a new ETA based on your location. Be prepared to have the interview rescheduled, though, because the manager may not have any other available times to take your interview that day.

Final thoughts

I hope this article helped you understand the top mistakes that the majority of candidates make. Try to remember them the next time you have an interview, and I wish you the best of luck during the process. Just remember that your personality is a deciding factor when it comes to a job offer. Demonstrate your ability to add value to the team and watch how fast you get hired!

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