Interview Killers

В какой-то момент я наткнулся на статью в сети с этим названием. Потом начал смотреть что еще есть на эту тему и получилась некоторая подборка. Местами может повторяться, но с вариациями. Enjoy!!!

1. Not knowing your aim. Too often candidates think their purpose in an interview is simply to ask for a job. Your goals are to demonstrate how you are a good fit for the organization, and to assess whether the job is really right for you.

2. Being too needy. Neediness is probably the No. 1 advantage-killer in an interview. Remind yourself before walking in the door: you do not need this job. You do need food, you do need air, and you do need water. Keep things in perspective.

3. Lousy nonverbal communication. This is about demonstrating confidence. Your first impression makes the difference. When you enter the interview room, stand up straight, make eye contact, and offer a strong handshake with your interviewer. If necessary, jot their name on your notepad as soon as you seat yourself. Do the same for any other individual you are meeting with.

4. Compromising your position. You should always participate in the interview as an equal, not a subordinate, of the person conducting the interview. Often this is a subtle matter of self-perception, so remind yourself before the interview.

5. Falling into the answers-only rut. An interview is a conversation. Don’t just answer their questions. That’s why you’ve prepared stories to highlight your accomplishments, which will be your moments to shine. When you do answer any questions, make sure that you answer immediately and follow up with a question of your own, if at all possible.

6. Rambling. Telling your interviewer more than they need to know could be fatal. Your stories should be 60 to 90 seconds long and they should have a relevant point. Focus, focus, focus. Stick with your rehearsed stories, your research, and the questions you need to ask. Don’t fill up the silence with unnecessary talk.

7. Being overly familiar. A good interviewer will be skilled enough to put you at ease within the first 10 minutes of the interview. That doesn’t mean that they have become your best friend. Don’t let your guard down. You’re there to interview them and get answers to your questions. Treat this from start to finish as the professional business meeting that it is.

8. Making incorrect assumptions. Points are not deducted at the interview for asking questions when you don’t understand something. Don’t guess at what your interviewer means. Effective interviewing is all about collecting information in real time, taking good notes, and responding only to the actual facts you’ve collected. If you find yourself making assumptions or guessing about something that was said, stop and ask for clarification before you answer.

9. Getting emotional. At times the interviewer may hit a nerve or consciously try to provoke you into an “outburst.” Don’t fall for it. Clear your mind of any fears or expectations, so you can maintain a calm, open-minded perspective at all times. When emotions enter into an interview, failure follows.

10. Not asking specific questions. You want to find out more about what this job is really about and whether you want it. Arrive with a list of several prepared questions about the company, the position, and the people who work there. Ask questions that begin with “what,” “how,” and “why.” Avoid simple yes/no questions. Get your interviewer talking as much as possible, then take notes. Most interviewers are unimpressed by someone who has no questions.

Your General Attitude
[li]Come late to the interview.
[/li][li]Be as arrogant, overaggressive and conceited as possible. Insist on having a know-it-all attitude.
[/li][li]Don’t be confident in yourself.
[/li][li]Project a poor personal appearance.
[/li][li]Avoid looking the interviewer in the eye.
[/li][li]Don’t shake hands with the interviewer.
[/li][li]Answer questions with either yes, no or I don’t know.
[/li][li]Be intolerant and show strong prejudices against others.
[/li][li]Don’t articulate yourself clearly, have a poor voice and use lousy grammar.
[/li][li]Show unwillingness to work after official hours.
[/li][li]Don’t be tactful and be blunt about everything.
[/li][li]Be unwilling to start at the bottom; expect too much.
[/li][li]Refuse to work in a team.
[/li][li]Don’t show appreciation for interviewer’s time.
Handling Questions and Answers
[li]Fail to handle stress questions.
[/li][li]Don’t tolerate any criticism.
[/li][li]Don’t give enough details about experience and past employment.
[/li][li]Immediately ask how many vacation days or holidays you’ll have.
[/li][li]Inquire about salary early on in the interview.
[/li][li]Ask for more money than what the position is really worth.
[/li][li]Show your ignorance of the company history and achievements.
[/li][li]Never bring a pencil or pen to fill out the job application.
[/li][li]Reflect your lack of planning for your career goals.
[/li][li]Make excuses, and be vague at every possible occasion.
[/li][li]Condemn past employers and mention how your boss was mean to you.

Being too candid.
Message: “If I am this inappropriate in the interview, imagine what I’ll talk about around the water cooler!” The interviewer doesn’t have to know that you really need this job because you have a mound of credit card debt. Instead, only share that you are very interested in the position and are excited about the prospect of working for the company.

Unprofessional behavior.
Message:“This is my best behavior. It’s all downhill from here!” How you act in the interview reflects how you will act on the job. It gives employers a peek at you “on your best behavior.” If you slump in your chair or use profanity during an interview, it leaves the interviewer wondering what your everyday demeanor will be once you’re hired.

Being unprepared.
Message: “I didn’t think this interview was important enough to prepare for ahead of time.” Research the company and formulate questions to show your interest. Prepare extra copies of your resume to hand out. Review any materials you sent them, including your resume and cover letter, so you can speak “off the cuff” without having to glance down at your information too often.

Message: “I don’t care whether or not I get this job.” Turn off your cell phone and don’t repeatedly check your watch during the interview. Let them see the energy and attention you can bring to the workplace. Often a positive, can-do attitude will give you the edge over another candidate with similar experience.

Message: “My credentials are not good enough to land me this job.” We all want to create a terrific impression, but blowing your credentials out of proportion or lying about past accomplishments is no way to get hired. Companies are looking for honest and hard-working employees, not super heroes. Lacking experience in a particular area doesn’t necessarily sound the death toll for you. Every position has a certain amount of on-the-job training. So be honest and frame any potential weaknesses as a desire to learn and grow professionally.

Inappropriate Appearance
Lose the body jewelry. Cut back on the makeup and perfume. Wear a conservative suit. Don’t experiment with fashion or wear something overly casual, even if the employer promotes casual dress in their workplace. Poor hair and grooming habits are definite interview killers.

Be nice. Don’t be rude, haughty or pretentious. While this advice might seem obvious, you’d be surprised how many people let their bad attitude show. While it’s great to describe your accomplishments and skills, don’t cross the line into bragging. Don’t discredit former supervisors or co-workers. Leave your ego at the door.

No Knowledge About the Job or the Employer
Do your research. Employers are rarely impressed with candidates who don’t bother to take the time to learn at least some basic facts about the job or the employer. Why should they be?

Lack of Focus or Interest in the Job or Employer
Candidates who don’t express a genuine interest in the job rarely do well in the interview process. While you may not be interviewing for the “ideal” job, try to keep an open mind, and show the interviewer that you are willing to lean more about the opportunity. You need to “sell” yourself in an interview, and not just take the time for granted. Learn as much as you can about the job and interview with the employer only if you really want to work there.

Inappropriate Humor
Jokes, sarcasm, and funny comments might produce laughs, but they don’t mix well with interviews. Don’t use humor to break the ice. You never know how your interviewer will react. What is funny to one person may be offensive to another individual.

Poor Posture and Body Language
Sit up straight in the chair, make eye contact when you speak, and smile. Slouching in a chair, avoiding eye contact, or appearing nervous and ill at ease will give the recruiter the impression that you can’t interact well with others or are uncomfortable under pressure.

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Класс! Очень полезно! Спасибо!

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Да статейка ценная. Но у меня может быть немного необычный вопрос: а есть какие-то особенности прохождения интервью у русских? Меня ставит в тупик некоторая загадочность процесса. На интервью была уже не раз, но принципиальная разница в том, что американцы вообщем проводят все достаточно откровенно и вы можете буквально на первом интервью догадаться о результате или же вам скажут. А вот у русских… полет фантазии.

Русским труднее проходить интервью в Америке, чем местным. Это связано с различиями культур. Например, если в России будешь в упор смотреть на человека и улыбаться, то о тебе подумают не очень хорошо. А в Америке, если будешь разговаривать на интервью со скромно опущенными глазами, подумают, что ты врешь.
Из своего опыта я поняла, что лучший способ получить работу – это принести на интервью результаты своих предыдущих работ и рассказать, какие трудности ты испытывал, выполняя эти работы, и как ты их преодолел. Я приношу на интерьвью образцы своих программ, напечатанные на цветном принтере репорты, схемы баз данных. На манаджеров производит впечатление не только рассказ о моих достижениях, но и тот факт, что я так хорошо подготовилась к интервью.
Вести себя надо спокойно, с достоинством. Ни в коем случае не критиковать предыдущих манаджеров, а то они подумают, что ты и их потом будешь критиковать.
А вообще, часто интервью – это лотерея, так что могут взять человека, который не дотягивает до позиции, а могут и не взять хорошего специалиста. Надо использовать все шансы, и из каждой позиции извлекать максимум для профессионального роста. Под лежачий камень вода не течет.

Лен, спасибо, но я имела ввиду ситуацию когда устраиваешься на работу или в русский офис, или менеджер русский.

С обеих сторон могут быть какие-то неадекватности. Но сильно зависит от того на какую работу человек идет. Чем выше уровень работы, чем приличнее компания, тем меньше влияния это все оказывает на процесс.