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While in a job interview poor etiquettes can ruin your chances of landing a good job. Even if you are highly qualified and come across as a confident professional you must remain humble and polite.
Seven CEOs and HR professionals have shared etiquette mistakes that can turn them against job seekers. Want to make a good impression? Avoid these seven mistakes.
Showing up at the wrong time
When it comes to arriving at the right time, most candidates those who come for interview are usually worried that they might be late for the interview. Mr. Pattnaik, a former HR director and current senior editor for Jobaap, said that arriving too early is poor etiquette too.
"Arriving anything above 15 minutes puts the interviewer in a tough spot, as they may not be fully prepared for the interview by then, while being five to 15 minutes early is very much appreciated," said Srija Cherukuri. "The situation draws a simili as showing up to someone's house before the scheduled time. Arriving excessively early can put a lot of pressure on the interviewer."
The aim should be to arrive in a 15-minute window before your interview starts. If you are unable to make it to the interview on time, alert your interviewer and reschedule it.
Talking to one person
While you are in the interview, please do not ignore certain people who are in the committee. Ignoring certain people can ruin your chance of landing on the job. Yet many candidates while being interviewed do exactly that, directing their attention only to the highest-ranking person in the room.
"If you are being interviewed by multiple people, make sure that you talk to, look at and engage with each person available in the room," said Manjunath Bhatt, consultant, Teddy Toes. "Connect with everyone to make a positive impression. If the interview is by a committee, then the decision to hire will also be combined too."
Dressing inappropriately sends a negative message to the interviewing panel. It means either you do not respect the interviewer or take the position seriously.
At times candidates make serious mistakes by under dressing rather over-dressing. Most interviewers would rather see a candidate overdressed than underdressed. However, overdressing to the extreme can also make a poor impression.
According to Mohan K C V Chief Marketing Officer of Infra Bazaar, “Highly smelly perfume can be the rudest thing a job candidate can wear. It certainly gives a negative impact.”
"Most interviews still happen in a traditional office, which is within a closed environment with no open windows or ventilation," said Hamsa Veni. "This means that too much perfume or cologne will overwhelm your interviewer and distract them from the quality information you're providing."
Treating phone or video interviews casually
These days many interviews are conducted by phone or video and one shouldn't treat these interviews lightly. Formal interview etiquette still applies in remote interviews.
En sure your microphone or camera is in top order and working at its best, beforehand. Choose a quiet place to set up the interview. Don't interrupt the interview to take calls, answer the door or talk to anyone else.
You also want to install any video or conferencing software ahead of time so you aren't making the interviewers wait while you troubleshoot your technology.
"It will be too frustrating ... when you are late to an interview because you are still installing Skype, Zoom or some of the other conference software to use," said Karunakar Vallapureddy, IT head of Infra Bazaar. "We are always a hard pass on people who can't be bothered to spend five minutes doing basic pre-interview prep."
Selfish or immature behavior
Interviewers don't just want to find the candidate with the right skills. They also want to find someone who will be pleasant and mature to work with. Any sort of immature behavior will force them to think twice about hiring you.
Small actions like taking a container out from your lunch box or a taking a cup of coffee while interview is on will make you look as if you aren't focused on the interview. Answering calls or texts during the interview will indicate that you don't care about the interview and people those who are taking the interview. It indicates you are rather focused too much on your own needs, rather than the company's requirements. It will make you seem selfish and immature.
"I had one person ask if they could have a coffee shop in their office during their first interview," said Sandeep cherukuri, the associate digital marketing for news and communications at Lotus Chocolate. "If an interviewee is more concerned with their own interests than they are in the job or convincing me they're the best person for it, that's a huge red flag."
No matter the value of what you say in an interview, poor etiquette is going to count against you.
Don't interrupt or speak over an interviewer, even if you are excited or eager to answer a question. Apologize quickly and let them continue speaking, if you do accidentally start talking before they are finished. Be sure to speak clearly when it is your turn; mumbling will come across as inconsiderate.
Also, keep in mind the signals your body language is sending. Some of the common nervous behaviors are fidgeting, finger tapping or looking around the room; however in an interview setting, they might make you appear rude or impatient.
"Communication is 93 percent nonverbal," said Aurojyoti, the Vice President of Infra Bazaar. "It's all about how you say what you are saying with your shoulders back, a firm handshake with an eye to eye contact."
Acting overconfident or entitled
Prathyusha Aljapur, a senior advisor with JNTU University, warns job candidates to watch their tone.
"Many a times I have come across job seekers who are too overconfident and it is something that hurts a lot, at time they are even unaware of how they sound in an interview," she said.
Being confident about your skills and excitement will certainly add value and will benefit a company, however, there is a fine line between poised and arrogance. Acting as if you are entitled to certain position will instantly seem rude, no matter how qualified you are.
Additionally, if you are making a career change or do not yet have specific skills that the position will require, be honest about those weaknesses rather than pretending they don't matter.
"Don't be afraid to be humble and address your shortcomings in an interview," said Prathyusha aljapur. "Lying or fabricating experience and acting as if you deserve this job is certainly an interviewer is not looking at."
No matter what else happens in an interview, a candidate who behaves politely and speaks honestly will leave a positive impression.