Progress is usually monitored on short bursts – for example: exams, presentations and interviews. It doesn’t matter how great you are the other 99% of your time – it’s extremely important that you are able to perform in these high-adrenaline conditions in order to progress in your career.
There are many different ways you can improve yourself at interview; and it’s quite normal to feel very nervous, anxious, sweaty-palmed and tongue-tied – but below are 5 things that you must prevent and ensure never to do during an interview. Beware!
1. Turn up late – ensure to arrive to the interview 10 minutes early
It’s common courtesy to arrive to an interview on time or slightly early. Being late only reflects poorly on you and suggests that you haven’t planned ahead or that you are lacking commitment on your behalf. Be sure to set out early and spare enough time aside to ensure you are not late to the interview and be prepared for any delays that you may face due to public transport strikes, or road closures.
In some ways a job interview is like a date – two people are measuring to see whether they should enter into a relationship. And so you feel it’s very important for the other person to like you.
Blatant seduction during a job interview will not get you the job. It can come across very intimidating, reflect very unprofessionally on you, and will lower your chances of receiving a job offer – let alone a second interview.
3. Joke inappropriately
Regardless of how nervous you are, and how tense the atmosphere may feel – always avoid making inappropriate jokes. Your idea of funny – might differ from the Employers, and an interview is not the right time to discover this. Stay professional, polite and be very cautious about any light-hearted approach you take.
4. Turn up at the wrong interview
Save yourself the shame and think ahead – are you suitable for the job role that you are interviewing for? We’ve all made the mistake of turning up to the wrong place or at the wrong time – it can be an easy mistake to make. However, if you have been invited for an interview and you have no idea about the job role, sector or skill set required for the job, or you honestly don’t feel that the position is right for you, don’t say yes and attend the interview for the sake of it. Politely turn the interview down and avoid yourself the embarrassment.
5. Get too personal
We all know that it’s best to down tone the personal interests sections on your CV. It’s also recommended that you don’t get too personal and friendly with an Employer during interview. If you bring up too much about your personal life it can be very dangerous and a very risky move to take. Stay professional, calm and collected – and make sure anything that you do discuss is relevant or on topic.
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Have a great week!
The Agricultural and Farming Jobs Team