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Deadly sins in the job interview

You have invested a lot of time in finding and reading job advertisements and in preparing application documents. You are now close to your goal! You have been invited to an interview.

The company will invest time in getting to know you and getting a picture of you. Be aware that many interviewees can look back on many thousands of interviews. You will hardly be able to keep up with that.

The person you are talking to will try to recognize patterns when talking to you. Some patterns will remind him of candidates who have significantly advanced the company. Other patterns make him shiver. In the following, we present frequently seen patterns that might even roll up the toenails:

Punctuality: Delays suggest a lack of reliability. So be sure to be on time. But don't arrive too early either. If you report to reception 10–15 minutes before the appointment, you make a good impression.

Mobile: Anyone who is called during the interview is unnecessarily draining their nerves and time. The cell phone should be switched off - at the latest when entering the building.

Washcloth: The greeting takes place with a handshake. Who will hire a leader who feels like a washcloth - damp and soft? What feelings arise when there is no eye contact when shaking hands?

Preparation: Anyone who does not know the answers to simple questions about the company, its market and its products is assumed to be disinterested. The more you know about the company, its market, its products, the position you are striving for and the people you are talking to, the easier it will be for you to convincingly convey your enthusiasm for the job.

Gain sympathy: Your appearance must suit you personally and the position you are aiming for in the respective company. The stumbling block can be cuff buttons, short skirts, thick watches, nose or earrings or even plastic bags with application documents. The more you resemble the people you are speaking to, the better. Most people like themselves in the mirror.

Sense of smell: If you cannot be smelled, you will be rejected. Make absolutely sure that the deodorant does not fail. Traveling in an overheated car, rushing through the train station or being stressed can cause sweating.
Anyone who recently eats garlic, smokes cigarettes, doused himself with perfume or aftershave or does not brush his teeth is acting negligently.

Attention: Make a note of the names of the people you are talking to. Anyone who forgets names shows a lack of concentration, a bad memory or simply little interest in the other person. Why should they remember your name and then say it to you?

Attitude: Fear and insecurity can be read from posture as well as aggressiveness. Whoever enters the room hunched over doesn't seem convincing. If you cross your arms behind your head, you may inadvertently show dominance. If you keep moving your fingers, possibly knocking rhythmically on the table or even banging your fist on the table, you will successfully shorten the job interview. Women should avoid drawing attention to their legs, showing off their navel or showing off their cleavage in a promising way.

Courtesy: Listen to. Show interest. Anyone who interrupts this, corrects statements or vehemently defends himself with words such as “but” and “anyway”, arouses negative feelings.

Negotiation skills: Whoever talks about the size of the company car, the salary, the Christmas bonus, the number of vacation days, the overtime pay or the working hours without being asked, is talking about head and neck. First you have to convince, then comes the negotiation. And this phase is to be ushered in by the company. And here it is important for you to carefully sound out the negotiating space and at the same time to consolidate the company's interest in you before you commit yourself.

Decency: Which employer would like an employee who may also speak badly of him in the future? Avoid criticizing previous employers. Show that you know how to remain silent.

Credibility: Anyone caught in contradictions is outside. Experienced interviewers will inconspicuously ask you the same question several times over several conversations. Stick to the truth. Some people underestimate the positive effect of honesty, also with regard to obvious gaps in the résumé, which have to be explained in a comprehensible way and which are ultimately simply human.

To listen: Applicants who fill the interview with monologues may feel good, but are regularly rejected. Listen to. Find out what is important to the company. Show interest and provide appropriate answers based on the knowledge you have gained. The more intense the dialogue, i. H. the change between the respective parts of the speech, the better the exchange of information succeeds. This is how sympathy arises.