Getting your resume set isn't the only thing you have to worry about when you're applying for a job. You also have to make sure that when you sit down for your interview, you impress the interviewer enough to move onto the next step. Unfortunately, some potential employees are going to walk into the office with a fantastic resume, but annoy the hell out of the interviewer and get nowhere. So how can you avoid annoying the interviewer so you increase your chances of getting the job you want?
Don't show up late
It's bad enough when someone shows up late, but when you have a string of people you have to interview and one person doesn't show, it completely screws up the entire schedule. Plan to show up at least twenty to thirty minutes early so if you get stuck in traffic or something else unforeseeable happens you'll still be able to show up on time.
Don't act annoyed
I've seen some potential employees get annoyed when interviewers were running a bit late. They were rolling their eyes, tapping their feet and huffed when they were finally called in. No interviewer is going to want to hire someone who doesn't have patience, so make sure you have some before you go in to the office.
Stay off your phone and put away the headphones
An interviewer shouldn't have to get in your face and wave their hands to get your attention when they're calling you in. As tempting as it is to chat on the phone or put your headphones on while you're waiting, you're better off just reading a magazine so you can keep your ears open.
Don't look bored
While an interviewer is talking to you, look interested in the conversation. When they should be paying attention to the person they're conversing with, some potential employees are paying attention to everything but, so it only makes them look like they'd rather be anywhere else. You're supposed to give the impression you really want the job, so if you're disinterested in the conversation, you're only going to give the impression that you're not interested in the job either.
Don't hit on the interviewer
You'd be surprised how many potential employees hit on the interviewers either out of genuine interest or because they think it'll help them land the job. There's millions of other people you can hit on; go for one of them instead.
Don't forget to bring all your materials
It's typical that everyone brings their resume with them to a job interview, but occasionally an interviewer will request that the potential employee bring samples of their work, forms or various other materials. Get them ready the night before so you don't walk out the door without them. There's a reason they ask for these items, and if you forget them or show up with them incomplete, it's a huge waste of their time as they likely won't consider hiring you after the mishap.
When you're talking to the interviewer, make it a point to actually sound like you want the job. Interviewers don't want to feel like they wasted their time on someone who came in on a whim without any real interest. Express your knowledge about the position and company and show your enthusiasm for the opportunity and you'll increase your chances of getting the job.
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