Don’t do these 8 things during an interview!

Interviews are stressful. No matter how prepared you are and how much you know about the job and company you are interviewing for, interviews are still a high-stakes interaction with what you hope will be your next employer. Making sure you do all the right things is good, but having a list of things you should not do can be just as helpful.

There are a lot of helpful and valuable tools, videos, and blogs out there to tell you all the things you should do during an interview, but what about giving you some solid advice about what you should not do during an interview? Don’t worry, we’ve got 8 things that you should not do during your next interview so you can be prepared to knock it out of the park.

#1. Don’t be unprepared.

This is a bit broader of a tip, but we want to encourage you to think of everything. Make sure you understand the job, the job requirements, how you can fulfill the job and how you are the best applicant they will see. Also, make sure you have multiple hard copies of your resume available, a PDF version emailed to yourself (just in case!), and take time to make sure you know exactly where you are going for your interview.

#2. Don’t be late.

Ensure you get confirmation on where and when the interview will take place, and with whom, so you can map out how long it will take you to get to your destination. Knowing who you are interviewing can also make it easier and faster to ask for the person you will be seeing once you arrive at your destination. All of these things can make it seamless for you to get to the location and checked in with time to review your notes and resume.

Handsome male client signing document on a meeting with real estate agent.

#3. Don’t forget to listen.

Sometimes we get so caught up in making sure we answered all the questions that were asked of us during an interview that we forget to also spend time listening to the person or people interviewing us. This is a great time to get more information about the company, some more context into the job, and can help you to paint a clearer picture of the company you are interviewing with.

#4. Don’t forget to bring your own questions.

If you’ve spent time researching the company and the role, it’s great to ask these questions during or at the end of the interview. Often you’ll get asked at the end if there are any questions you have, so don’t fret if you don’t get a chance to ask them during the rest of the interview. If time runs out and you are unable to ask, it is also acceptable to email the person who did your interview and ask them to answer your questions.

Happy black successful candidate getting hired, cheerful african applicant with beaming smile got a dream job in big company, dark-skinned businessman excited by great news

#5. Don’t forget to do your own research on the company.

This is so important! Take a look at the company website, social platforms, and do a Google search to see any recent articles about the company. Having the research ready to compliment and comment on the great news of the company, seeing what fun things they have done for their employees, or to see how they give back to their communities is both valuable to you (to understand the culture) and for you to use to showcase your preparedness.

#6. Don’t forget to dress professionally.

This is something that seems to have been forgotten as of late. As our society changes, the rules for interview attire seem to have become more relaxed, but we are under the belief that you should always dress professionally for an interview, no matter what. A suit or formal dress isn’t always required, but dressing as professionally as possible goes a long way in showing an employer that you take yourself and your career very seriously.

Casual interview between African American Male and Female in coffeeshop. Business man and woman meeting in street cafe, talking and smiling. Business discussion concept

#7. Don’t forget to say thank you (and send a thank you email or note after!)

In the fast-paced digital age we are in, it’s easier than ever to express genuine thanks to someone for taking the time to talk to you and teach you more about the company you just interviewed with. If it’s not possible to send a physical card (which is a great way to stand out from the other people interviewing for the same position), it’s always a great idea to send a follow-up thank-you email.

#8. Don’t forget to turn your cell phone off.

Put it on Do Not Disturb if you aren’t able to turn it all the way off, but make sure that the alerts, texts, and calls don’t interrupt your interview. A cell phone that goes off in the middle of an interview makes you look bad and unprepared and can give the potential employer a bad impression of you. Turn off or mute your cell phone and any other technology you may use (like a smartwatch) so you are fully focused on the interview.

People, business, job, career and employment concept. Picture of smiling beautiful mature woman CEO having meeting with young male manager, discussing new project in light modern office interior

Let GTR help you Make Your Move to manufacturing.

We have a team of experts ready to help you find a new career in the manufacturing industry. We have over 18 years of experience in placing top candidates in job openings all around the country. Contact us today and set up your FREE interview with a GTR Career Consultant. Skip the long process of reading through a lot of open jobs and applying to only a few and talk to a Career Consultant today. If you are in Cleveland, head here to schedule your interview. In the greater Columbus area? Head here.