3 Reasons why your job interview fails
Finally! You’ve managed to land that job interview. CareerProfessor would like to share its credo with you: Do not underestimate the power of preparation. There is nothing worse for an employer to conduct an interview with someone who does not really know what he or she is doing there. Remember: You want to work for them; they do not necessarily want you. That’s why we made a small list of the three most common mistakes before going on a job interview.
You get the company culture wrong
As this goes for the country’s culture, it also goes for the company’s culture. Researching the company’s values, mission and goals as well as the people you will be working with, is a step that you should definitely not overlook. This will help you align your answers to their expectations, adjust your behavior and show them that you are an awesome fit for their team.
You get the dress code wrong
And when we talk about properly dressed, it is not only about your clothes. Maybe you want to rethink that big beard or your dark nail polish, as they could take away most of your professional attitude. A smart tip is to look at their website to gauge the image which they aim to project. If in doubt, play on the safe side, don’t overdo it and choose an appearance that reflects your work and the field you want to enter.
You get the body language wrong
Sudden movements and stiff posture will make your interviewer(s) tense as well, while crossed arms and laid-back style of sitting makes you look arrogant. Make sure to sit up straight and not in a closed position. Each country has a different style of non-verbal communication; in some countries eye contact is very important, whereas in others it should be avoided. Make sure to read into this beforehand!
Curious for more? Read our previous blog on 3 Reasons why your international job hunt fails.
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