What NOT to do in a job interview

by GOLDEN KEY INNOVATION TEAM

Golden Key International Honour Society, founded on 29 November 1977, is an academic honor society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines.

Every job interview, no matter who you are, is a stressful experience. And there are certain realities everyone needs to face. No interview or job application process will go absolutely perfectly. Mistakes are likely happen. That’s just life. The trick is to make sure they aren’t the kind of mistakes that will completely tank your shot at a job. 

Next time you pursue a professional opportunity, make sure to avoid these 7 ways to blow your chances of getting the job:

1. Not applying

This may sound like a no brainer, but there’s more to it. Many young professionals lack experience in the job force making them feel inadequate. For fear of failure they decide not to even put their names in the running for an open position. Why try when there are so many better candidates out there? This defeatist attitude is the number one thing that will prevent you from getting hired. You have to believe in yourself and what you have to offer before anyone else will take a chance on you. Plus, putting your name out there and practicing the application process can only help your career.

2. Underselling yourself

Job interviews, resumes and cover letters are not a time for humility. You should always be honest, but also upfront about all your professional accomplishments and abilities. Self-deprecation may win you popularity contests, but it won’t win you a job. Be confident and stand by your work and the time you’ve spent on your accomplishments.

3. Being inflexible

Once you’re in communications with the hiring manager, it’s important to show flexibility. It’s important to be willing to move around an interview time and accept the start date they’re suggesting – or at least offer some alternatives. If you’re overly stubborn or have an impossible schedule, it’s going to be hard to convince an employer to hire you. They’ll see you as too self-focused and not a team player.

4. Being late

Turn in applications on time. Show up to job interviews 10-15 minutes before they are slated to start. Turning up late will easily sour the hiring manager’s opinion of you. If you can’t be punctual for an interview, what will it be like working with you? Being late is a guaranteed way to ruin your chances of getting the job.

5. Being sloppy

An error-ridden resume or a wrinkly interview outfit will instantly tarnish your image. If you present yourself as careless, people will assume that you work that way as well. A clean, crisp appearance and polished resume will make you look more competent and worthy of the job.

6. Lying about your qualifications

Being dishonest about what professional experience you have is a serious offense. If you’re caught, you’ll not only blow your chances of getting hired but also ruin any possibility of getting hired by that company – or sister organizations – ever again.

7. Using inappropriate language

Communications with potential employer require the utmost respect and dignity. Slang, cuss words and derogatory statements are absolutely off-limits. Using foul language shows immaturity, disrespect, lack of judgement and will put off your hiring manager.

This article was first published by Golden Key partner The Intern Group: https://www.theinterngroup.com/our-blog/reasons-you-didnt-get-the-job/   

The Intern Group is an award-winning, social enterprise that takes top applicants and significantly improves their skills and employability via their international internship programs. Their global team understands deeply how important international professional experience is in today´s job market. They are a global leader in the international internship area: one of the fastest growing segments of the international education industry.

About Golden Key

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.