The job market is tough, and right now, not getting the job isn't an option. So to make sure your next interview goes your way, here are four little mistakes to avoid from Conde Nast Publications:
- Don't be cocky. Confidence is a plus in interviews, but arrogance is a big turn off. Employers are looking for team players and being cocky will make them think you don't work well with others. So even if you are a super star employee, you need to let a hiring manager know you’re ready to learn how they do things. Also, don't walk in with a latte, sneak glances at your cell phone or leave your sunglasses on you head. Employers see all those as arrogant.
- The second job-costing mistake: playing it TOO cool. More than half of all bosses say they didn't hire someone because of a lack of enthusiasm. So, send the right message by using enthusiastic language. Words like exciting and interesting tell the boss you're gung-ho about working there.
- When your future boss asks you what your biggest weaknesses are, don't throw out something that's actually good, like, “I'm a perfectionist.” Bosses have heard this a million times. Instead tell them something that’s a legitimate flaw – but one that can be overcome, or that you have overcome. For instance, “I can get disorganized, but I've recently taken a class on work-flow management which has been really helpful!” It shows you're honest AND willing to work on issues. Bosses want someone who’s self-aware – and being able to see your own shortcomings proves that point.
- Finally, don't fail the “Question” test. At the end of most interviews you’ll be asked if you have any questions. Don't say no! It looks like you weren't paying attention, didn’t do your research, or frankly, don’t want the job. Here's what you do: take note of something the interviewer said earlier and ask them to elaborate on it. Or ask this, “Tell me how a typical day would be for us here.” Using the words “us” or “we” makes it seem like you’re already part of the team. However, don't ask about vacation time or benefits. That comes AFTER they offer you the job!