You’ve got all the skills and experience the job you have applied to needs. You go into the interview very confident but come away wondering just why the vibes were not good. Rookies have even a more difficult road to success. Resumemantra has got an insider’s look from the other side of the interview table. Our access to numerous hiring managers has helped us to put together just where you might not have met the grade. It is surprising how even the most promising candidates overlook these deal breakers.


1. Do a bit of research before you step in

You won’t believe just how many candidates slip on this one. At the most they will have a cursory look at the website and that is it. A well prepared candidate on the other hand will arm themselves with all the arsenal needed to make an impression

· Remember that you are a product for sale, so sell yourself. One way to do this is to note down accomplishments that align with the job description. It would be good to write them down as this gets you to remember them in high-stress interview situations

· If you have know the name of your interviewer, get into LinkedIn and look them up. It’s always good to know if you have anything in common, like a school or a previous place of employ. Whatever it be, it can create that connect.

2. Know when to stop talking

As an interviewer myself, I have met both the garrulous as well as the silent kinds. Remember that the interviewer is in control and you cannot take over with your life story. So answer the question to the point and with all pertinent facts, just don’t ramble on. If they want to know more, they will ask. And don’t go overboard with the “Yes Ma’am” and “Sure Sir”. Don’t gush ever about how good this company is. Keep it real with a few lines about why you like the organization but don’t lay it on thick.

3. Eye Contact is a must but don’t lock gazes

Hiring managers at organizations tell us that many candidates stare at the wall or around the room while answering. It is true that making eye contact is actually a very difficult thing to do. But the message you send is that you lack confidence or even worse you are not being truthful. Also, be aware of your body language. Try to appear relaxed and don’t sit on the edge of your chair.

4. Never bad mouth any of your previous employers

You might have serious problems with your current employer but keep that below the radar. How well you work with a team matters to the hiring manager. They certainly don’t want an employee who might bad mouth them in turn when they move on. Also, it is a small world, you never know when you might again be working with a previous colleague. No one else needs to be aware of any previous acrimony.

5. Keep those question ready

Every interview is going to end with this “Do you have any questions?” It is a fatal mistake if you don’t use this opportunity. In fact, you should have been able to ask one or two during the course of the interview so that it shows your interest while being pertinent to what was discussed. It is always good to come prepared with a couple of questions to fall back on. Never, I reiterate never, use this opportunity to ask about salary. The time for that is after they show their interest to have you join them. Once the conversation is done, if the interviewer hasn’t brought it up, you may ask about the next step in the hiring process. This does away with any ambiguity.

Even before the interview, it is your resume that will make the all-important impression and get you in for a face-to-face conversation. If you need a professional resume, use Resumemantra’s resume builder to get you on the right track.