For many job seekers, the only thing scarier than drafting a resume is deciding how to act in the job interview. How much should I divulge about the job I got fired from? How many questions can I ask them without seeming too eager? Can I show enthusiasm for the job but still seem professional? These are just some of the questions we commonly hear from our career services clients.
That’s why we were thrilled to stumble upon this job interview infographic during our blogosphere surfing this morning. There’s no be all, end all guide to performing well in a job interview, but this graphic portrays some of the biggest employer trends in the world of job seeking. Here’s what 2000 bosses told surveyors about their experience conducting job interviews.
What are the most common nonverbal mistakes made at a job interview?
67% – Failure to make eye contact
47% – Lack of smile
33% – Fidgeting
33% – Bad posture
What are the most common overall mistakes made at a job interview?
#1 – Failing to ask for the job
# 2 – Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates
#3 – “Winging” the interview
What questions are you most likely to be asked?
#1 – Tell me about yourself.
#2 – Why did you leave your last job?
#3 – What do you know about our company?
The infographic drives home a few major points: know about the company you’re interviewing with, and know about yourself! Usually, researching your prospective employer is the easy part. What’s more difficult for many job hunters is revisiting years of work history and distilling how previous positions have prepared them for their future gig.
Whether you enlist a resume professional like Write In Color or prepare for your interview on your own, take the time to really think about what your work experience offers your future employer. Yes, it might take some digging through files to remember what you did at Job X eight years ago, but that extra legwork will ensure you’re prepared when the interviewer asks you the dreaded, “Why should I give you the job?”