After months of searching, your job hunt could soon come to an end. You got through the online application process and aced the phone interview. Now all you have to do is charm the pants off your potential future boss.
1. Pretending you don’t have any flaws
“One of the biggest mistakes I believe most people make through the employment process is refusing to admit that they aren’t perfect. Nobody is perfect; none of my candidates, none of our team members, not even me.
“When I ask the question, ‘what is your biggest weakness?’ I’m not trying to catch you out by forcing you to reveal your biggest flaws. I’m trying to see if you recognize that you don’t have the answers to everything and find out whether you’re actually willing to be open and honest about it. Dishonesty is a very toxic trait to have in the workplace and by providing a generic response or even one that contradicts something you’ve previously said, red flags are instantly raised.” — Jon Hayes, marketer at Authority Hacker
“当我问你‘你最大的弱点是什么?’我不是强迫你暴露自己最大的缺点，以此来抓住你的把柄。我只是想看看你是否意识到你不是万事通，了解你是否真的愿意坦诚面对这个事实。在工作场合，不诚实是一种非常有害的品质。如果你的回答是空泛的，甚至与你之前说过的话相矛盾，那么就会给面试官发出警告讯号。”——Jon Hayes，Authority Hacker的营销人员
2. Bad-mouthing your old boss
“Talking negatively about previous companies usually does not present well for the interviewee. The interviewer usually can’t judge the objectivity of the story, so they tend to assume the candidate was dealing with a negative attitude, rather than a difficult situation.
“I have had candidates tell me, ‘It was a mistake going to work there’ or ‘I did not get along with my boss’ or ‘I did not like the company culture’ without explaining more. I recommend sticking to facts and leaving the emotion out of it. For example, say, ‘My manager changed three times over the year and so did my job requirements.’ It makes sense that you would want to leave such a company.” — Miki Feldman Simon, founder of IamBackatWork
“有些求职者对我说，‘去那里工作是个错误’，‘我和老板相处不好’，或者‘我不喜欢公司的文化’，但他们没有解释更多。我建议你坚持谈事实，不要感情用事。例如，你可以说，‘我的经理一年换了三次，我的工作要求也换了三次。’这样说的话，你想离开这样一家公司是有道理的。”——Miki Feldman Simon, IamBackatWork公司的创始人
3. Not bothering to check out the website
“I’ve done a few interviews where the candidates didn’t even look at the website. That’s not an option these days ― it’s a must. I asked for their opinion on the site and a few recommendations, and they stared blankly. I’d say a baseline skill is to come prepared, review the website and have an opinion, even if you’re not the expert!” — Mark Krenn, founder of Coastal Creative
“我曾面试过几个求职者，他们几乎都不看网站。对于如今来说，浏览网站已经不是一个可有可无的动作了——这是必须的。我询问他们关于网站的一些意见和建议，他们却茫然地盯着我。我想说的是，前来面试的基本技能就是有所准备，浏览网站和有个人观点，即使你不是专家！”——Mark Krenn，Coastal Creative的创始人
4. Forgetting to say ‘thank you’
“We had a candidate for an entry-level position who looked great on paper — great cover letter, decent experience. As we went through the hiring process, there were many email exchanges and a few onsite interviews before we presented an offer. The one thing that stuck out during this particular hiring process was that the candidate never showed any signs of gratitude. Email exchanges were absent of a ‘thank you.’ Even after the onsite interviews, the candidate never thanked any of us after a team interview. This weakened the candidate’s consideration for an entry-level role at our agency.” — Amy Hyde, director of operations at Outspoken Media
“我们有一个申请初级职位的面试者，他在书面表现很棒——出色的求职信，不错的经验。在我们进行招聘的过程中，有很多电子邮件交流，也有一些现场面试，最后我们才给出了录用通知。在这个特殊的招聘过程中，有一件事特别引人注目，那就是应聘者从来没有表现出任何感激之情。电子邮件交流中没有一句“谢谢”。即使是在现场面试之后，应聘者也从来没有在小组面试后感谢过我们。这让我们对他的任职可能性打了折扣。”——Amy Hyde，Outspoken Media的运营总监
5. Having your own personal happy hour
“Video interviews are becoming more common, and in my experience, candidates may not take this type of interview seriously ― or remember that they and all their actions are on camera. I interviewed a candidate for a tech position who, halfway through the interview, reached to his right and grabbed a pint of beer. He brought it to his mouth and took a sip before he gave his answer to the question. He was very nonchalant about it.
“‘Is that a beer?’ I asked. ‘Yes, an IPA,’ he responded.
“Sure, the interview was at 4 p.m., but it wasn’t a happy hour interview! The conversation ended shortly after that.” — Alison Daley, founder of Recruiting Innovation
“当然，面试是在下午4点。但那不是一个欢乐时光面试！谈话在那之后不久就结束了。——Alison Daley，Recruiting Innovation的创始人
6. Negotiating like a rookie
“One candidate asked the following question during the interview: ‘I know that during my phone call with your HR department I acknowledged that I am OK with the $70,000 salary. But because of my bills and upcoming wedding expenses, it will not be enough for me. Would you consider paying me $85,000 if you decide to hire me?’
“This person was fairly young and didn’t know how to negotiate compensation. Ideally, he would have asked for more money upfront or come up with a counteroffer later that didn’t involve his personal reasons for needing a higher salary.” — Sukhjot Basi, CEO of Bank Yogi
“这个人相当年轻，不知道如何协商赔偿。理想情况下，他应该先要求更高的薪水金额，然后再给出一个折中的数额，并且不应该涉及他个人需要更高薪水的理由。”——Sukhjot Basi, Bank Yogi首席执行官
7. Crossing the line from confidence to arrogance
“I interviewed a candidate once who basically wouldn’t let me get a word in edgewise and ask my questions to vet his qualifications and fit. Instead, they dug into me about the company and my personal background, told long stories about all of the great things they had done and concluded the 15-minute interview by asking when they would be starting.
“The arrogance was off the charts, and I ended the interview without bothering to try to get any information to judge their qualifications. Whether a candidate is confident or not, they have to fake it in an interview for it to be a success. But when it crosses over to arrogance, it’s a deal-breaker.” — Kris Hughes, senior content marketing manager for ProjectManager.com