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Interview: Three mistakes applicants should avoid

2024-02-21T04:21:40.567Z

Highlights: Interview: Three mistakes applicants should avoid during a job interview. The first few minutes of an interview can be crucial. If you want to make a good impression, you should focus. A certain amount of nervousness is completely normal. However, it can be less advantageous in the interview if applicants express their insecurity, for example by avoiding looks or staring at the floor. It is not at all appropriate to speak negatively about your previous employer or colleague during an interview. You should stay “positive” and focus on what you can learn and contribute.



As of: February 21, 2024, 5:13 a.m

By: Anne Hund

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The first few minutes of an interview are often crucial.

If you want to make a good impression, you should focus.

The first few minutes of an interview can be crucial.

The fact that applicants are nervous is usually part of the process and is hardly surprising for HR managers.

However, candidates could attract unpleasant attention elsewhere.

In a recent article , the job network

Xing

points out behaviors and situations that you should avoid during a job interview - and how you can do it better instead.

Here are some examples.

1. Arriving late for the interview

No matter whether it's because the S-Bahn is late or because you were unexpectedly stuck in a traffic jam for a long time: being unpunctual leaves a bad impression at the job interview.

It is better to always plan a time buffer, the portal advises.

If in doubt, it's better to get to it a little earlier.

Motto: “Better 15 minutes early than a minute late!”

2. Act insecure

A certain amount of nervousness is completely normal.

However, it can be less advantageous in the interview if applicants express their insecurity, for example by constantly avoiding looks or staring at the floor.

To exude self-confidence, you should maintain eye contact with the person you are talking to.

First impressions can be crucial at a job interview.

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3. Speak badly about the previous employer

It is not at all appropriate to speak negatively about your previous employer or colleague during a job interview.

Arrogance is also not required.

Instead, you should stay “positive” and focus on what you can learn and contribute, “without appearing arrogant,” says the

Xing

article .

The first few minutes of an interview are crucial.

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When should you respond to an invitation to an interview at the latest?

If you have received an invitation to a job interview, you should respond promptly.

On the career blog of the personnel service provider Robert Half it says: “Do not give yourself more than two days to confirm the appointment, ask for an alternative date or cancel it.” This will make you appear “professional, up to the application process and “equipped for everyday working life,” as the blog continues.

After all, it happens all the time at work that you have to deal with important appointments systematically, conscientiously and reliably.

If, on the other hand, you respond to an invitation to an interview a few days late, you should give good reasons for it, the advice goes.

Legitimate reasons include illness or vacation.

Source: merkur

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