These really do (sadly) come from personal experience.
Three “What-not-to-do’s” in a job interview.
1) Don’t cry in the interview (!)
This is never ideal, particularly when the next question is “how do you handle pressure?”
Um, didn’t I just demonstrate that?!
I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was mortified! It was my first interview since graduating as a dietitian, I had it hammered into me how hard it was getting a job in my field and I had been volunteering at the organisation where I was going for the job. I had already accepted two other jobs, and would have to knock them back if I got this.
I was feeling awful about this scenario. At the time I desperately thought I wanted this job and that this would define my future career. Hindsight and a bit of time is a great thing, I didn’t get that job (pretty sure I know why) and it would have been very specialised and limited my experience. I kept the other two jobs and rapidly developed experience and adaptability in many different fields of dietetics. I became a flexible, well-rounded dietitian and got to experience private practice, aged care, community and hospital work all at once.
That little melt down in front of an interview panel may well have been a blessing in disguise…
2) Answer a “how do you handle conflict” with “I’ve never had conflict in the workplace”
…again, same interview, train wreck answer. But I’ll never again not be able to answer that question!
It’s inevitable that there will be conflict in the workplace.
If you get nothing else from this post, walk away nailing the conflict management question. Google it. Ask people in the know for examples. Practice your answer out loud till you’re blue in the face. Get very comfy with this question.
3) Shake hands with the entire interview panel then call them the next day to advise that you just found out last night you’re at the height of the contagious phase of the highly infectious “Hand Foot and Mouth” Disease
Whilst this wasn’t me personally, it may or may not have been my buddy from the previous post.….and whilst she didn’t call the entire panel, she did call our direct manager who was on the panel…. Unlike me, she still got the job, regardless of the infectious kids disease. This still impresses me, as she was definitely out of sorts that day (any wonder!) and still nailed the interview.
There you have it, avoid these three common pitfalls and you’re on the career path to stable employment….