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Personnel officers told how to successfully pass an interview and prevent common mistakes


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Interviewing is always stressful. And even if you are a wonderful specialist, mistakes made during the interview can spoil your first impression, and the chance to get a dream job will be minimal. But all this can be avoided.

Bright Side Gathered tips to help you not fail the interview.

1. Create a separate email

The employer will not be very happy if [email protected] writes to him as the head of the supply department. Therefore, it is necessary to create a new mail and conduct business correspondence from it. Instead of a strange and intricate nickname, it is better to write the last name, first name and year of birth, for example ivanivanov1990. And do not forget to leave your contact details in the signature to the letter.

2. Check your social networks

Social networks are a great way to collect all the information about the applicant, his hobbies, thoughts, outlook on life and social activity. And experienced HR specialists can create a psychological portrait of a candidate on his personal page on the Internet.

Therefore, we close from prying eyes all personal, provocative and compromising photographs and notes - let them remain visible only to friends. But the blocks "education" and "career" can and even need to be filled.

3. Photo in summary

Even a perfectly crafted resume can ruin an inappropriate photo. Pictures in woolen socks against a carpet and a vacuum cleaner, photographs in a veil at a wedding or flirty selfies will repulse a potential employer. It’s better to go to a photo salon, take a few pictures “like a passport”, choose the best ones and paste them into the resume.

4. Do not come too early

You should not come 30-40 minutes before the start of the interview: it is annoying no less than being late. It’s better to arrive 10 minutes early, no more. During this time, you will be able to tidy up your appearance and look at the future place of work. As they say, accuracy is the politeness of kings.

5. Find out what company employees go to

Find out in advance if the company has a dress code. Not always a business suit is appropriate. For example, if you are looking for a job as a designer in an advertising agency or a journalist, it is better to dress in casual style. Even better, if you look at the organization’s website and social networks and find out how to dress in the company. Sometimes a formal suit can scare off more than jeans and a shirt.

6. Reviews of recent jobs

In no case do not speak negatively about your previous places of work. Even if the boss forced him to work 24/7, he delayed his salary, and his colleagues looked more like a ball of snakes rather than a cheerful friendly team.

You can get by with on-duty phrases about creative disagreements, a desire to change the scope of activity, or simply "did not agree on the characters." This is much better than pouring mud on former colleagues and spreading rumors.

7. Misunderstanding of the specifics of their duties

Before getting a job of your dreams, study the history of the company, its successful cases, the specifics of work, corporate culture. Fortunately, now all organizations have their own website, social networks and blogs. This will add additional points at the interview, and you will know in advance what awaits you and what to prepare for. Allocate the extra 20 minutes and google the necessary information about the intended place of work.

8. Do not put your conditions

Putting your conditions at the first meeting is not the best idea. The employer will not be very happy when, for example, he has heard the following: “I won’t be able to work on Fridays and stay until 18. I need to be home at 17. ” Firstly, it immediately scares off, and secondly, it creates a not very pleasant impression of the applicant. You should not immediately become impudent and behave too cheekily, even if you are a good specialist three times.

If you need to leave early to pick up the child from the kindergarten, discuss this situation and try to find the optimal schedule.

9. Do not share too much personal information.

All personal information to be told is marital status and the presence or absence of children. But why you do not want to have children or why you have got it - it is not interesting to anyone. Do not complain about your health, situation in the country or family problems. Try not to say too much. All this has nothing to do with professional activities and may even put you in a negative light in front of the employer.