What NOT to do at Your Interview

Here at Sneeze It, we’re proud to say that we’ve been able to grow tremendously this year as a company.

Having the opportunity to almost double our production staff has opened our eyes to many common mistakes that people make when applying and interviewing to our company. While many hiring managers are willing to overlook minor mishaps, here are some you should keep top of mind to avoid.

  1. Lying: It should go without saying that fibbing on your resume, portfolio, or during your interview is a huge no-no, but unfortunately candidates still do it. If you’re not caught before the interview process is over, you’ll likely be figured out before your first review. Save yourself and your future employer time and energy and be true to you!
  2. Arrive too early or too late: There’s something to be said about time management and effectiveness. If you arrive to the interview site too early (more than 15 minutes before your interview), it might be in your best interest to review your notes in your car. Hiring managers set specific times for interviews so that they can best prepare their day for you!
    On the flip side, if you show up late to an interview (whether in-person or remotely) it can give off the impression that you’re an irresponsible employee. In a fast-moving industry, there’s little cushion time for booked appointments.
    Be smart, be courteous, be on time.
  1. Don’t forget to listen carefully to each question: Sometimes interviewees get so caught up in nerves that they have planned answers for key worded questions. Unfortunately, if you only half answer or fail to really understand the question, it comes off as an interviewee not paying enough attention to detail.
    For example, if we ask you to tell us something about yourself that is not on your resume, we want to know more of your personality to see if you’re a culture fit. We don’t want to hear about your job experience since college graduation.
  1. Don’t lose sight of the role you want: If you’re asked a question that insinuates why you want to be with the company or in this role think of why you applied in the first place. The absolute worst thing you could tell a hiring manger is that you “want to pay your bills”. Instead, show us what makes you the best fit for the role and why you’re so passionate about the industry. 
  1. Be confident, but don’t over-do it: Believe it or not, there are times when over-qualified or perfectly qualified candidates have been turned away for the simple fact that they were overconfident in their interview. While being sure of your skills and excited about the value you can add to a company will be beneficial, there’s a fine line between being poised and arrogant. Acting as if you’re entitled to a position based on qualifications alone will instantly seem rude and overbearing no matter how qualified you are. Skill can be trained – personality cannot.

 

Always think about the environment you’re walking into and don’t overdo it! No matter what else happens in an interview, a candidate who behaves politely and speaks honestly will leave a positive impression.