Going into an interview can be nerve wracking. It’s a make or break, you worked hard to garner experience and qualifications to get to the point where you’re called into an interview, and now you’re more than just numbers and digits on a piece of paper. You’re something tangible, something presentable, and this is it, a first impression is the last impression. That’s why so many people have such incredible anxiety when it comes to it.
And that’s why there are a whole host of stories people have to tell you what not to do in an interview. In this case, this story that was posted on Reddit, a man disrespected a receptionist because she was “just a receptionist” and didn’t give her the dignity she deserved as a fellow coworker. Turns out, that receptionist was hiding a bit of a secret, and because of that, the man failed his interview catastrophically.
It started poorly
Monster tells you how to do a proper interview:
It’s about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. That first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning—or quick ending—to your interview.
He blows it
Today’s casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you interview. It is important to know what to wear to an interview and to be well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview.
The receptionist was a plant
One of the most crucial interview tips: Listen. From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and match that style and pace.
Be nice to everyone
Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be a fatal mistake. When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. Prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting, matching your skills with the position’s requirements and relating only that information.
It was a total change
The interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer’s demeanor. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to ask questions, but do not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.
People had opinions
It’s a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics, or sexual orientation—these topics could send you out the door very quickly.
And it’s a common practice
Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism, and modesty. Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being too reserved. All the interview tips in the world won’t save you if you come off as unpleasant to work with.
It’s a life lesson
When interviewers ask for an example of a time when you did something, they are asking behavioral interview questions, which are designed to elicit a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific example, you not only don’t answer the question, but you also miss an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.
He learned the hard way
When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer. Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions that demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for additional information.
Many people had similar stories
What about you? What advice would you give him?