1. A weak handshake
A hand shake is vital in an interview, on introduction and when leaving. A weak handshake is one of the most common interview issues, with many candidates giving off the impression that they’re fragile and unconfident based on their handshake. So make sure to always make it noticeably firm when shaking the hand of an interviewer.
2. Chewing gum
A surprising number of job applicants chew gum during their interviews, including many experienced professionals, lowering their chances of being accepted for their dream job. By all means have a chewing gum or a mint beforehand because nobody wants to have smelly breath during an interview, but make sure you get rid before sitting down for the interview.
3. Answering the phone
Letting your phone ring in an interview – particularly if you stop to answer it – is one of the most serious interview mistakes. Make sure your phone is on silent or completely off throughout the duration of the interview.
4. Being Desperate or Pushy
Sometimes you want the job so badly that it’s hard to keep your calm and maintain perspective. But being too desperate or eager will only poison your chances. People like to work with others who are confident and easy-going, not pushy and inconsiderate.
5. Not providing specific examples
Sure, you say you’ve got the skills, but can you back them up? Using specific examples from your experience will paint a much clearer picture of the value you’ll add to the organization.
6. Showing up late
Work out exactly where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. If you can, do a practice run. On the day allow yourself 30 minutes for traffic problems or delays. If for some reason you’re running late, call your interviewer to let them know.
This includes big lies like falsifying your work history, but also smaller lies like claiming to have experience in an area that you don’t. It’s very easy for your interviewer to catch you out with a few follow-up questions.
8. Not asking any questions
Asking a few questions towards the end of the interview shows you’re confident, thoughtful and are seriously interested in the position. If you’re stuck for questions, some good fall-back options include asking what kind of training opportunities the employer offers, what the workplace culture is like or what career opportunities are available.
8. appearing arrogant or rude
It’s great to show that you’re confident in an interview, but don’t let that confidence tip over into arrogance. Listen carefully to what your interviewer is saying, don’t interrupt and don’t attempt too many jokes. While it’s good to be friendly, you don’t want to say anything that could cause offence.
10. Letting your nerves get the better of you
This is probably the most difficult mistake to avoid. Interviews make everyone a bit anxious. You need to learn how to manage your nerves as best you can but interviewers will expect people to be slightly nervous anyway so don’t worry about it too much.
Avoiding these mistakes will leave you in favour of being successful during any interview.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you 😉
This summer at JobChange we are offering a range of courses that will help anybody become more employable because after all, qualifications open doors. These courses are free of charge and are open for anyone whose interested and is 18 years old +. Here are the courses available and a little bit about them:
City & Guilds – Entry Level 3 Award/Certificate for IT Users.
This course aims to meet the needs of candidates who work, or want to work, with computers and have little or no experience with IT. It also allows candidates to learn, develop and practice the skills to gain confidence that will help them return to learning, or may be required for employment and/or career progression where IT use will be needed. It also provides valuable accreditation of skills and/or knowledge for candidates without requiring, or proving, occupational competence.
City & Guilds – Level 1 City & Guilds Health & Safety in the Construction Industry.
This Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification is for learners wishing to apply for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Green Card. The CSCS Green Card is intended for those working in laboring occupations only. Since July 2014 CSCS has introduced introduce a new requirement for applicants to achieve a formal knowledge based qualification, the ‘Health and Safety in a Construction Environment’ Award. Achievement of this award will demonstrate the applicant understands key issues affecting safe working practices on UK construction sites.
CIEH – Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in Health and Social Care.
This qualification is specifically targeted at people working or looking for work in hospitals and care homes in the public and private sectors. This qualification provides candidates with a good understanding and knowledge of health and safety in the health and social care sector. This qualification also has the flexibility to suit differing client needs.
CIEH – Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.
Everyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and ensures that the food they serve or sell is perfectly safe to eat. So therefore this course gives the candidates a firm grasp of the importance of food safety and knowledge of the systems, techniques and procedures involved. An understanding of how to control food safety risks (personal hygiene, food storage, cooking and handling) and also the confidence and expertise to safely deliver quality food to customers.
UKATA – Asbestos Awareness.
Asbestos awareness training should be given to employees whose work could possibly disturb the fabric of a building and expose them to asbestos or who supervise or influence the work. It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with asbestos awareness training. If they will intentionally work on asbestos they must have had appropriate training specific to the tasks they will undertake.
CPD – Online Customer Service Training Course.
This online Customer Service Course is designed to help anyone who works or wants to work in customer service improve their customer service skills in order to provide each customer with the best possible experience every time. This includes all employees who deal directly with customers face-to-face, over the telephone or by e-mail.
For more info on these courses or to book yourself in call 01902 714 224
Are you unemployed in receipt of benefits? We’ve got a great offer for you. Absolutely free Food Safety course is available again at Jobchange in Wolverhampton!
Don’t miss out!
We have 30 seats available for this amazing course, that’s why if you want to secure your spot – phone us on 01902 714 224 before it’s too late!
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