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Five points to avoid in an interview

The power lies with the employer. With so many applicants going for the same position, it’s critical to understand what the employer is looking for, and what to avoid in the interview process.

The five reasons for failure at a job interview can be summarized as the following:

  • Lack of enthusiasm for the job, negative body language, lack of eye contact and disconnection will signal that the applicant is not interested.
  • Arrogance, demonstrating an attitude of entitlement could be deadly. Instead of what the organisation can do for you, you need to focus on what you can do for them; convince the interviewer that you are the solution to their needs.
  • Unclear and unspecific career goals, being unclear about your future ambitions means a lack of ambition. Be clear about the job you are seeking, and recap into three key points why you are specifically suited to the role.
  • Assuming that employers hire candidates based purely on experience. This is not the case; Surveys show that interviewers look for team fit, personality, confidence, communication and appearance.
  • Lack of confidence, an interview is where you want to “sell” yourself, so moderating your achievements and underselling yourself will not advance your career. Remember to smile, be open and honest, and be confident in your abilities, You’ve got this!
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