So, let’s say you needed a better job and you applied on eWorker’s platform and were successful with the vetting process. The job still won’t be yours if you make any of the top job interview mistakes listed below!
Yes, it is our job to match great tech job candidates with amazing companies. We make sure they’ve got the coding skills and the experience needed. However, we can’t be there when it’s time to interview with the company!
Now, let’s look at some of the most common job interview mistakes candidates make and learn how to avoid them!
Mistake #1. Giving generic answers
As the interviewer is looking to hire an exceptional candidate, being too general is not helpful. Some candidates adopt this approach to try to minimize the risk of saying something below standard. Well, it’s a bad strategy.
For you to stand out, give real examples of events in your work experience. Detailed anecdotes that highlight your strengths. Talk about your specific skills and programming languages. Beyond that, talk about a positive outcome you’ve achieved after developing a software or an app.
Mistake #2. Not paying attention to the job description
It’s very important to pay attention to job descriptions. Let’s assume that a job you applied for requires good communication skills and you were asked about your biggest weakness in the interview. It would be wrong to respond that you are not very good at communication and you also don’t like working with large team. Such response is a red flag to that role applied for.
Always read the job description a few times before the interview. Read between the lines too and know exactly what they’re asking for. Preparation is the key here.
Mistake #3. Not learning about the company before the interview
This can hurt your chances when they ask “why do you want to work in this company?” So, what do you like about them? Their corporate culture? Convenient location? Brand-name recognition? Leadership? If you fall back to talking about yourself and your own goals, you’ve failed to answer the question.
Fortunately, there’s an easy fix. Read the company’s website. Find articles on Google News. Find out who the founder is. Check out their LinkedIn profile. Learn about the company’s culture, values and mission. Understand how the company works. Now, you can answer why any of these things mean something important to you.
Mistake #4. Giving off bad body language
Giving bad body language can destroy any chance you had in securing a job. The interviewer can only see you from the chin up when you lie in bed with the laptop on your chest, doing an online interview over Skype, hangout or zoom. Frankly, you might look lazy. They might think you are not so interested in the job. A lot of communication is non-verbal.
Again, this is an easy fix. Sit down and position the camera so they can see you better. Be confident. Look natural. Because let’s face it, you’re naturally awesome.
Mistake #5. Not understanding the interviewer’s true intent
Sometimes, interviewers are subtle. The interviewer says “Tell me about yourself.” That’s a huge question!
Are they asking about your skills? Your current work situation? How you got into this career in the first place? It might be one, all three or none, depending on what they said before.
Answer truthfully. Answer logically. And if you have any doubt as to whether you’ve answered the interviewer’s real question, there’s a simple solution: ask them, “does that answer your question?” It’s better to be sure during the interview than wonder later if you performed below standard.
Now that you are aware of these, it’s time to ace your next interview. But you can’t get an interview without first applying for a job. Visit www.eworker.co/apply and complete your profile to get access to full-time, contract and remote jobs with top companies.