Although every interviewer is looking for something specific in a potential employee or intern, there are a few behaviors almost every interviewer hates. Avoid these interview pet peeves and you’ll be more likely to land your dream job or internship:
1. Showing up late
Showing up to an interview late instantly makes a bad first impression, which could cost you the job. So plan ahead by leaving home early and getting directions ahead of time.
2. Not making eye contact
Eye contact is one of the best ways to show you’re listening and interested in what the interviewer has to say. Although it might be tempting to look away when nervous, the best way to keep your eyes on the prize is to keep your eyes…on the interviewer.
3. Not doing your research
Every company has a ton of info on their website. Browse through it so you have a basic understanding of what it is the company does. This shows you’re proactive and engaged.
4. Not asking questions
Interviewers want to see that you’re excited and interested in their company. Come prepared with questions. Then develop a few more based on what your interviewer tells you about the company and the position they’re hiring for. Ask questions that pertain to business operations as well as your potential responsibilities.
5. Dressing inappropriately
You can never arrive to an interview dressed too professionally. In other words, it’s always better to show up overdressed than under-dressed. For guidance on what not to wear to an interview, click here.
6. Avoiding a question
If an interviewer asks a tough question and you don’t have an answer right away, don’t ramble about something off-topic. Instead,, take a second to think about it (not too long) before answering the question in the most direct, concise manner possible.
7. A weak handshake.
A firm handshake is key to showing your interviewer that you’re confident and strong-minded.