You’ve been applying for jobs for a while now.
You’ve perfected your resume. You’ve written a great cover letter. You have done some networking on LinkedIn.
All your efforts have proved successful as you finally landed a few interviews.
Whether you are a new job seeker or a veteran to the job search, interviews can be a scary thing.
While you may know the questions to prepare for, there are some other things you should consider when going into a job interview.
The time of your job interview and when you arrive could be affecting your job search more than you realized.
While I’m sure you know not to be late to an interview, arriving too early can also be affecting your interview results.
There is a balance between arriving early to show punctuality and arriving too early.
Arriving 15-30 minutes can make you appear too anxious, and it can inconvenience your interviewer.
It's best to arrive five to ten minutes early.
Another time factor affecting your job search is when you schedule your interview.
You want to avoid scheduling your interview too late in the day when your interviewer could be tired and have their mind distracted by other priorities.
According to Glassdoor, the best time to schedule an interview is at 10:30 AM, when people are at their most productive.
3. Lack of Knowledge About the Company
With all the information available online, coming into an interview without researching the company is unacceptable.
Not knowing the company can make you seem uninterested in the position and the company. It can even come across as insulting.
Before your interview, look up the company online. Browse their website and the services they offer.
Get a sense of the company’s culture to see how where you fit and what you can bring to the table.
If you can, find information on the team you are interviewing for and write down questions relating to your research.
Be prepared to give information about what the company does and what you can bring to the team.
Being personable and friendly are great tips for an interview, but it’s important to understand the line between friendly and too friendly.
Sharing too much personal information when asked to tell about yourself can have adverse effects on your interview.
Revealing too much personal information in an interview can come off unprofessional to the interviewer.
Keep your answer concise and limited to your professional accomplishments.
Having a few stories that show off your personality and relate to your work is a good plan for the interview.
If you find yourself getting off track, take a breath and bring the subject back to the
position at hand.
1. Asking Too Much About the Perks Too Soon
Bringing up salary and benefits in an interview is a tricky situation that can have disastrous effects on the outcome.
It’s important to know the right time to bring up salary and benefits in an interview.
Asking too much too soon can seem like you are only interested in the benefits of the position.
It is best to wait for the interviewer to give information on salary and benefits.
If you have questions about the salary or benefits, do some research on the company beforehand to get an idea.
Researching the salary estimates beforehand will also help prepare if the interviewer asks about your expectations.