Going to into an interview can be a scary thing, especially if you are a little rusty and out of the game, so to speak. Being in Operations and in charge of hiring for Acumen Studio, I can say that I’ve heard and seen a lot of bad habits come out during an interview. Whether these habits are done consciously or subconsciously, it’s important that you are aware of these habits so you can make sure not to do them in your next interview
The Top 5 Habits That will Break Your Interview
Below are the top 5 habits that you need to be aware of when going into an interview
- Excessive Fidgeting
- This can be anything from cracking your knuckles to tapping a pencil. It can show insecurity and intense nervousness. If you are going for a job where you need to be client-facing or in touch with customers, this may show the interviewer that you are not capable.
- Long Verbal Pauses
- It’s ok to have small pauses in order to allow the interviewer to finish their sentences or questions. But extremely long pauses can come across as you not listening or paying attention during your interview
- Showing Up Late to your Interview
- It’s easy to get stuck in traffic, get lost in a new area or even have car trouble when going to an interview. It’s important to know where you are going and how to get there. It may be a good idea to do a quick run through of your route the day before if possible so you know where to go, where to park and to verify how long it will take for you to get there. If you are going to be running late, it’s important to contact the interviewer immediately so you are not keeping them waiting and wondering where you are.
- It’s important to share information about your past work experiences and work history. But oversharing some information whether it’s personal or professional is tacky and can put you in tricky situations.
- Even if the company you are interviewing with is more laid back and relaxed, it’s always a good idea to over dress and be more professional than to not be professional. So make sure to dress appropriately and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
So with that being said, make sure you are aware of how you present yourself, identify what your bad habits are and make sure you keep them in check when in an interview.
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