The Job Interview
When it comes to interviewing for a job, many people know what to expect of themselves; to look presentable and professional, right? Well, you’d be surprised about how many people fail to even follow the most obvious of guidelines. In addition to not showing up to an interview with the proper attire, here are a few mistakes career newbies (and even older ones I’ve witnessed) have made.
Showing Up Way Early Too An Interview
This is a classic and oft-repeated mistake. The interviewee shows up half an hour to an hour early, not thinking anything of it. In fact, she might think that it conveys her eagerness. WRONG. What it does convey is that you don’t care at all about the employer’s time. Newsflash kids: when showing up to a place of business, know that business is being handled and you should not waste anyone’s time. By scheduling an appointment time, the employer sets up his/her day around that time and can’t be expected to move around his schedule due to your arrival.
Wearing Way Too Much Make-Up
Remember, you’re going to an interview, not the club. So in this case, it’s better to practice the “less is more” mantra. I once had a new grad walk into an interview with my boss with tons of foundation and blush, making her look like a clown. Needless to say, the caked-on make-up made less than a decent impression on my boss.