You probably won’t get hired for every job that you interview for. Our research has found that most Canadians have to interview for four jobs in order to get one offer. However, if you find yourself going to job interview after interview without success, it might be time to review your technique.
Let’s start with the basics. There are some behaviours that are major turn-offs for employers. For example, if you’re saying anything like these five lines in job interviews, that’s probably why your phone isn’t ringing.
So, what does this company do, anyway?
Go home. You’re done. There’s no excuse showing up for a job interview without doing your homework. Research the industry, read the company website, and look up your interviewer. Before the interview, you should know all about the company and who you will be meeting with. You need this information to personalize your job interview questions and answers to the specific needs of the job you’re interviewing for.
Otherwise, it just looks like you don’t care enough to put in any effort. So, why should they be interested in you?
I’m just looking to get my foot in the door
So, you’re changing sectors. It’s good to branch out. However, employers want to hire you because of what you can do for them, how you can make their lives easier. Putting the focus on how you are making a change in your life and career is the wrong angle to take.
Plus, the fact that you are interested in getting that toehold in a new field only makes it sound like you will immediately use that job as a stepping-stone to a new and better job.
You’re not solving employers’ problems if they will soon have to replace you. Hiring, onboarding, and training you in the new role would all be a waste of time and resources if you’re just looking to get a foot in the door.
How soon can I get promoted?
It’s good to be ambitious, but similar to looking for a ‘foot in the door,’ asking about promotions before you’re even hired can work against you. You want to work for an employer who will allow you to grow your career. However, when you’re interviewing for one position is not the time to be asking about your next. The employer has a role to fill right now. If you give the impression that you are not actually interested in staying in that role for any length of time, they’ll move on to someone else who is.
Get hired. Work hard. Do a great job. Then will a solid body of work and professional reputation, look for opportunities for advancement.
When can I start taking my vacation time?
Employers want a new hire that is excited about the job, anxious to contribute. Your goal at the job interview is to convince them that you are that dynamic candidate. Asking how soon you can take time off gives the opposite impression. You’re just looking for a gig to get some paid vacation time asap.
Also, don’t ask about perks, employee discounts, salary and benefits during the interview. Discussions of all of those things will come up, but let the employer broach the topic. They’ll do this once they are convinced they want to hire you and they are trying to persuade you to take the job. If you bring it up too soon, that may never happen.
Hang, on – I need to return this message
If you check your phone messages – or, far worse, return one – during a job interview, it’s over. I know that we are all used to having our devices handy at all times and being in constant contact with our friends and families, but the job interview is an exception. Turn your phone off or at least have in silenced and don’t touch it until you are out of the building after the interview.
Most employers will consider even glancing at your screen to be disrespectful and a deal-breaker.