As of September 2016, the UK unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, an 11-year low.1 While that might be the case, for many people finding a job is still quite a challenge. The good news is that there are lots of ways you can make your next interview more successful.
There are many things you can do before an interview to prepare (research the company, get familiar with the position you’re applying for, prepare examples that demonstrate you have the right skills for the job). However, there are also a few ways you can make a job interview very unsuccessful and cancel out the effort you put in. You’ll want to avoid these at all costs. Here are a few things you should try your best not to do in your next interview:
Don’t complain about your old job/boss/co-workers
Obviously, you left your previous job for a reason. Maybe you worked at the worst company with the meanest boss and the laziest co-workers. However, no matter what, you should not tell your new potential employer about this unless specifically asked. Doing so could be seen as unprofessional, and your interviewer may wonder if you would badmouth their company a few months or years down the road. If your interviewer asks why you left, be honest but also be positive, saying that you thought you could find a better fit elsewhere.
Don’t ask about pay too early
There may be some instances in which an employer brings up pay early on in the hiring process. For example, some job postings list a pay range, or an employer may ask what pay range you are expecting. In that case, it’s perfectly fine to address the issue. However, in general, you should refrain from talking about pay details until you have a job offer. You should let potential employers know about your interest in the company and the position but avoid asking exactly what the position pays. Employers may view this as a sign that you’re not interested in the role, only in the money.
Don’t imply that you are only interested in a job temporarily
Employers want to hire candidates they think are going to stick around for a while. It may turn out that that doesn’t happen for a variety of reasons, but you shouldn’t make an employer think you are only looking at a position as a stepping-stone. If you are just looking for a job for the summer or holiday season and the employer is only looking for a seasonal employee, that’s a different story. But for full-time positions, make sure your interviewer knows that you intend to commit to the company for a long period of time.
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1BBC News. (16 November 2016). UK unemployment falls to 11-year low. Retrieved 20 December 2016, from http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37997713