It has been said that it takes about two months to form a habit. Unfortunately no one really tells you how long it will take to actually break a bad habit.
Believe it or not, there are some habits that may prevent you from getting a call back after a job interview. Here are just a few:
You Sound Over-Rehearsed
You’ve gone over your interview questions so many times that you sound a little robotic. The thing with job interviews is that they need to be more like a conversation than a Q & A. If you’ve already prepared scripted answers to questions you think they may ask, you are not fully engaging in the conversation. Sure, you want to be ready, but allow for a little flexibility in your responses.
I happen to bite my lip and I have to make a conscious effort to not do so during certain situations. If you bite your nails or furiously shake your leg during a job interview, it can come across like you’re a little too nervous. An employer may take this as a sign that you lack confidence.
You Focus Too Much on Job Perks
I think we can all agree that those company extras are very nice – a company car, lots of vacation time, a cell phone, etc. But if you ask about the available perks too soon, it may seem as if you’re more interested in ‘what they can do for you’ rather than ‘what you can do for them’. Remember, if you’re the right candidate for the job, they’ll do what they can to make you accept the position.
You Forgot Your Manners
There are two times during the interview process that you absolutely need to say “Thank you” (three if you get the job). One, after the interview – a simple, but genuine “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me” is perfect. Two, a thank you note or email the day after the interview is expected. Again, simply thank them for their time and offer any additional information they may need to make their final decision. It reflects well on you AND your mother will be so proud.
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