Friday the 13th (unlucky for some…) occurs every time a month begins on a Sunday and yep, August happens to be one of those months this year.
What’s it all about?
There are various theories as to why Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky date. Throughout history, both the number 13 and the day of Friday have been considered unlucky, so combined…we guess the bad luck is doubled.
If you’re superstitious you’ve probably kept this date free from the bad luck vibes. But, if you haven’t and you happen to have an interview booked today… (or in the near future) we’ve dished out our top 5 tips on how to avoid interview mistakes that could potentially keep you from getting hired.
If you’re going to experience bad luck today…don’t let it impact your interview.
First things first…
Avoid being underprepared!
This may sound obvious but it’s surprising how many candidates walk into an interview completely unprepared for what is in store. This is something you’ll want to avoid for a multitude of reasons…the main ones being – it makes you look unprofessional, portrays you in a bad light to the interviewer, wastes the interviewers time, and puts you at higher risk of some pretty cringeworthy moments while you’re scrambling around for the answers to questions you should probably know the answer to.
When it comes to prep, here are some of the things you should be taking into consideration: researching the company – know who they are and what they stand for, make note of any recent milestones, press, or initiatives they’re a part of. Study the job spec VS your CV – know what the role entails and how your experience matches up to what is required in the role. Make sure you know why you want the job and the value you can bring.
Avoid talking bad about former employers…employees and managers
Giving off negative vibes, in general, is a big no-no. Your current employer might be the worst person in the world…it doesn’t matter, the person interviewing you doesn’t need to hear about that.
Talking negatively about former and current employers can create the perception that you’re negative and quick to pass judgment on others – traits that don’t scream “hire me I’m perfect for your team”, so try to be as positive as possible. If you do need to touch on a negative experience with your current or previous employer – try to be constructive about your experience without getting personal and tearing the organisation or person in question down.
Avoid being late!
Nothing says ‘I’m really unorganised’ like turning up late to an interview. Plan your day, plan your route – do what you can to turn up on time. With that being said – accidents happen and sometimes things don’t go to plan. If you’re going to be late, make sure you let your interviewer know. Turning up late with no explanation or warning shows a lack of respect for your interviewer’s time, don’t be that guy.
Avoid showing a lack of interest!
Don’t be afraid to act like you want the job, if you’re passionate show it. As the saying goes… “Skills can be taught but passion can’t be bought”. Demonstrating a passion for what you do or the potential role will be something any employer will be keen to see in new hires. Playing it ‘too cool’ could lead to prospective employers thinking you’re not bothered or interested in joining that company.
Avoid talking too much about money, perks, and benefits!
When it comes to the end of the interview – make sure you’ve prepared questions to ask the interviewer, but… avoid focussing them on monetary gain, benefits, and perks (especially in first stage interviews).
Introducing questions like those too early in the process has the potential to highlight ‘disingenuous motivations’. Whilst your interviewer will understand your interest in those aspects – they won’t want that to be the sole purpose of your drive to work at their company. Think about asking questions around progression opportunities, company culture, team structure, values, etc.
If you’re looking for more guidance in your IoT career, we’d be happy to help you. Get in touch with one of our specialist consultants, here.