In the past, getting a Job was well assured as long as you have a college degree, but all that has changed as getting a job currently can be frustrating even for a degree holder.
Most Employers and organisations these days want degree holders with adequate experience in the field required, so when you do fortunately get an interview, try as much as possible to avoid making the mistakes some people make during interviews;
- Arriving late: As an interviewee, one of the mistakes you should try avoiding is arriving late for scheduled interviews. Everyone knows that first impression matters in everything, even in an interview. Showing up late for an interview does not only imply your lack of seriousness but also disrespect for the organisation and the interviewer.
- Inappropriate dressing: It is imperative that you appear dressed for the occasion. Attires like native or casual wears are not a good idea. The acceptable wears for interviews are Corporate wears like a suit or shirt and plain trousers, that way you look serious and professional.
- Interview phobia: Do not give the employer the impression that you are scared even if you are. Try as much as you can to reflect confidence. Endeavour to convince the interviewer of your skills and ability to deliver when given the opportunity.
- Ignorance about the company: Always have answers to questions that are being asked about the company. Try to avoid the term “No idea” when being asked such questions. This implies that you should research the company before the interview.
- Overconfidence: Overconfidence is another flaw to avoid during an interview. No employer likes an employee that cannot be controlled or put to order.
- Badmouthing past employers: When being asked questions about your past employer or co-workers, avoid badmouthing them. During interview, your employer wants to know if you can work well with other people and handle conflicts in a mature and effective way. Badmouthing your former employer might make the interviewer begin to think that you would do same if you eventually leave the company on bad terms.
Note: Writer, Adaobi Nnadiukwu, contributor, Fakoyejo Olalekan.