Adunno what you think you know but, this right here will save you from a lot of job interview mishaps.
Ever made it out of an interview room, far enough not be seen by anyone on the panel to give yourself a big knock on the head “What did I say that for, what was I thinking”? Or, as a friend used to exclaim when she knows she has blundered big time, “Error!”
If you have attended enough interviews, I am sure you are no stranger to the above scenario. This aunty here – which is my self- is no exception.
Yes! Been there, done that! I have given myself a big knock on the head several times and then laughed over the whole ish afterward.
If exams are stressful and uncomfortable, then I submit that interviews are a whole different ball game.
An interview room is never a comfort zone. To be grilled by strangers in well-cut suits who determine if you get the job or not can be very intimidating. This can, in turn, cause nervousness and result in verbal-slippages(my word).
Whether or not your next interview is going to be in-person or over a google meet stroke zoom call, these are the words that should not escape your mouth for whatever reason.
I call it job interview verbal mishaps.
Job Interview Verbal Mishaps 101
You smell nice
A candidate legit said this to his female interviewer after an interview and caused a stir on social media.
The back and forth verbal missiles, both for and against the HR and the interviewee, made me cringe.
Adunno why it took me this long to pen this down, but now is better than never.
I will start by saying there are rules, people. Social rules. Family rules. Dining rules. And corporate rules. Sometimes these rules merge, but other times what applies in a sphere of life won’t be permissible in another area. My advice, stick to the business at hand. Don’t go giving personal compliments because it can be lost on the recipient. Needless to say, it could be interpreted as a flirtatious act to get the job.
Because there are no jobs in the country
If you are asked a question like, you have a degree in aquarian science, why are you applying for a job in the bank? Give an answer like that, and you have as good as thrown your offer letter a good send forth party anywhere but to your email address.
They know there is no job anywhere – most likely, your recruiters live in the same country you do. They also know that millennials can fill any position so long as they have the core skills.
So the question is kínd of a test to see what you can come up with, tell us why you want to make a career detour that’s way out of degree.
You know what I say? I say cook up a plausible story.
Because you are hiring
I threw in this merely for fun. It doesn’t count as an interview mishap… unless you plan on saying it?
I don’t think anyone has gone to a job interview and said that. But honestly, it would be interesting to watch.
I was fired
That’s way too much info for a first date – yeah, a job ínterview is literally like a first date. You want to stoke the curiosity without divulging too much. If you were fired, the best way to answer why díd you leave your last job would be to talk around the facts.
Barry Drexler, an expert interview coach, says it’s safe to say something close to I feel it’s time to pursue other opportunities.
Yeah. Yup. You guys. Kinds of Stuff. Nope. Nah. Gonna
Throw out the sloppy speech and slangs. They are not welcome in a job interview. It’s hard, but you will be surprised at what you can accomplish when you are intentional.
What other job interview verbal mishaps do you know? Let us know in the comments.
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