If you are a fresh graduate, or even an old timer seeking greener pastures, you’ll be entering a season in your life where you’ll have to attend job interviews. Although attending and acing an interview isn’t difficult and involves plenty of common sense, you’d be surprised at how many people actually horrify their interviewers by acting and performing terribly.
Common complaints by interviewers include clueless job seekers and many who come with attitude problems. Therefore, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of things you should pay attention to when attending interviews.
Be on Time
Nobody likes waiting for you, and any sign of tardiness shows your lack or discipline and commitment, not just towards the job but as a person. Try to arrive at least 10-15 minutes earlier so you can begin filling out the employment form and be ready when the interviewers invite you into the room.
For men, this means a long sleeved shirt with a tie and slacks. You can wear a coat or blazer for added points. For women, keep your skirt at knee length and wear sensible heels. Absolutely no jeans, T-shirts, slippers, stilettos and outrageous fashions allowed. If you’re wearing perfume, dab on a very small amount so that you don’t overwhelm the room. Keep makeup natural and to a minimum too.
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Apparently nowadays there are stories of fresh graduates bringing their parents along with them to interviews. This is not acceptable behavior, as you can be perceived as less independent, so leave your loved ones at home.
Give honest answers regarding your achievements and accolades. Remain humble and do not boast. Deliver your answers as succinctly as possible. It will help if you keep up with current issues locally and around the world as many interviewers measure your maturity by how much you know.
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Mind Your English
Many companies today require candidates with a fluent command of English. So if you struggle with your fluency, try to improve by reading and listening to more English.
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