Avoiding Interview Bloopers, Poor Handshake, over-Talking Takes a Couple of Forms

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Poor Handshake

  • The handshake is considered to be the first opportunity to create an impression before the start of an interview.

  • A poor or an ineffective handshake creates bad impression.

  • Building rapport also becomes difficult with a poor handshake.

    • The Limp handshake points towards disinterest or weakness.

    • The tips of the Fingers point towards lack of ability to engage.

    • Handshake may be telling more about a person than he knows.

Over-Talking Takes a Couple of Forms

  • Preparing for interview is a must before attending one.

  • Taking longer durations to answering or replying to direct questions doesn’t create good impression.

  • Late responses and unnecessary explanations creates an impression that the candidate is covering up something or is outright lying.

  • One should be trying to practice answering questions in a direct manner.

  • Avoiding nervous talking by preparing for the interview with role-play is ideal.

  • Even with reasonable complaints, it’s not good to show disregard or disrespect about the previous employer while facing a new job interview.

  • Talking disrespect about the previous employer simply creates a bad impression in front of the present interviewer.

  • It’s preferable to share better work experiences about the previous employer.

  • As an interviewee showing up late or too early creates a poor impression.

  • It’s always a better idea to arrive for the interview 10 minutes early and certainly not late.

  • As an interviewee one should not be rude to the receptionist.

  • The receptionist do have the power to pave a positive or negative impression even before a candidate faces the interviewer.

  • The interviewer is very much likely to share the receptionist’s opinion about the candidate once he/she leaves.

  • One should avoid asking questions about salary/perks or vacations in the initial phases of an interview.

  • Pre-interview research is important and as an interviewee if a candidate shares his knowledge about that particular organization or employer he/she is being interviewed for creates a healthy impression.

Verbal Ticks

  • A candidate should avoid verbal ticks such as “umm,” “like,” “you know.”

  • The verbal ticks are considered to be first signs of nervousness.

  • Reflecting confidence while replying is preferable rather than stammering during the interview.

  • Verbal ticks can also be avoided by pausing for a few seconds to gather your thoughts before each response.

  • Too much eye contact can create a negative effect or impression.

  • To maintain eye-contact balance, it’s always a good idea to work this out ahead of time in an interview practice session with friends.

Failure to Match Communication Styles

  • Without proper communication skills it becomes almost impossible to create any impression.

  • One should avoid cracking jokes and stories during the interview.

  • Direct questions should be answered directly then follow up can be done by asking the interviewer if more information is required.

  • Let the interviewer complete is his/her statements and not to intervene in between as an interviewee.

Final Thoughts

  • With strong interview skills chances of getting selected for the job becomes high.

  • Resume is the first impression and that is what helps some candidates get shortlisted well before other candidates.

  • Starting job search with a properly written resume highlighting the skills is preferable.

  • The skills being highlighted needs to be thoroughly prepared along with practical demonstrations and outcomes.