With the University Recruitment looming on the horizon and in addition to our article on interviews accounting firm, we offer an article accessible on interviews in general, specifically on what not to do in your interview . The interview is the last bastion between you and the company, but it is also where the recruiter pass over the papers and try to see if your personality is consistent with the goals and business objectives. In summary, this is an essential step that you will not want to mess up. So here are our top 10 things not to do in an interview. We thought to the article in a list was too classic, so we decided to integrate the elements of the text. Good reading!
The nonverbal is of utmost importance in an interview. That may be the point in your life or you will absolutely control your body, is necessary to control of course. During the presentation, the handshake is essential, that the recruiter is a man or a woman. Yet your handshake should not be soft. A limp handshake, besides being almost disgusting to your interlocutor, reveals that you lack insurance, trust you. When you go for an interview, you need to go ahead and believe in you. If you do not know how to shake hands, do you practice! It’s that simple!
Turning to the general attitude during the interview. The recruiter will evaluate more than your words, but also (again!) Your non-verbal, and therefore your position in space. For “success” in business and in life, position in space is something you should be aware to a minimum and optimally control in the situation that you do deserve this effort. The non-verbal level, we try to avoid idly, that communicates to the recruiter that you are not open to talking but rather that you try to protect yourself. The interview is a form of exchange, you seem open to discussion. It is also important not to put your hands in front of your mouth when you’re talking about. This is another additional sign with crossed arms that masks the intent to hide something, or at least a global uncomfort.
Also avoid putting elbows on the desk, yawning and lying on your chair (slouching!). Elbows, it’s like the dining table. If we do not teach you, theoretically it’s not polite to put your elbows on the table while eating. Although yawning has no connection with the lack of self-confidence (sometimes the opposite), in American society, most people associate yawning with a form of boredom. The last thing you want to communicate to the recruiter is that the interview is not interesting. On the chair, we try to stand straight (but still comfortable) and look forward.
Speaking of watching, you must always look the interviewer in the eye. However, in a conversation, there is a timing when it comes to watching your interlocutor. For example, if you look at your partner when he speaks to you is that you pay attention to his words and you try to link, it’s a sign of submission (not to be taken literally) . By cons, if you look your interlocutor speaking, it is a sign that you are trying to force your way, you try to convince.
If you put too much emphasis on the concept and you set your interlocutor, you try to control and reverse the balance of power. Think of stare-downs in the movies or in combat sports, it is a very good example. This is to find the right balance between the two for different situations. In an interview, one might think that the first option is the most advantageous and promising. Still, some might argue that for certain positions or types of employment, we must show dominant in conversation, even with the recruiter.
Finally, it is obvious (perhaps less for the new-generation), it must not be distracted during the interview. That means no phone during the interview, you must be available to listen and share with the recruiter. Chewing gum is also very annoying and shows (in most cases) a lack of courtesy. Other anxiety gestures, such as biting her lips, playing with an object, stamp, etc. are obviously avoided.
That’s all! Remember that all of these tips apply interview, but also in life in general. Do the opposite sex with co-workers, on the subway, talking with friends, etc! People instinctively notice all the small details of every person. Knowledge is power.