So you are searching for a job in Savannah, and you finally get a call for an interview... that's wonderful! But you are not confident about getting a job since the other employers never called you back. You may wonder, "Was it something I said?, Did I answer the questions correctly?, Was it obvious that I was nervous?". Before going to your next interview do a self-assessment of your interviewing skills, and review common interview mistakes to avoid.
- "So tell me about yourself." When an employer makes that statement, they do not want to know about your family history, your pet dog, nor your favorite food. Employers want to see what your career goal(s) are, and if your previous job experience matches what they're looking for.
- Don't talk so much. Most job applicants tend to talk too much during an interview either because they're nervous, or they're trying to impress the employer. Boasting about your past experiences and the need to fill-in dead air can cost you a job. "The best thing to do is simply answer the employers question, provide an example if applicable, then wait for him or her to ask another question" says Brittney,* a Receptionist at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. "Don't be nervous if there's dead air after you've answered the [employers] question."
- Do not be negative about your past employers. If you talk badly about your past employers during an interview, the current employer will think you will bad-mouth him as well. It's best to be positive about what happened at your previous job. Even if things didn't turn out so great, try to bring out what you've learned from the experience, what you're doing now to better yourself, and how you intend to have the same positive attitude for the current job.
*Name have been changed to protect her identity.