As a leading staffing agency in Houston, Clayton Services interviews a lot of candidates. Let's face it, we all have some bad habits. However, an interview is not the time or place to display any of your bad habits. It's a time and a place to portray the best possible version of yourself. Next time you go to an interview, remember to avoid these 5 bad interview habits:
1. Slouching in your chair
Sit up straight! Not only does slouching promote poor posture but it also makes you look disinterested. Body language can be read differently by each interviewer. So to ensure that your body language looks positive to everyone be sure to sit up straight.
2. Limit saying, 'um' or 'like'
We are all guilty of doing this. Try to limit the number of times you say, 'um' and/or 'like', in between your sentences. This will help you look more prepared, professional and knowledgeable.
3. Don't tap your feet/legs
Some of us have nervous ticks. Do your best to avoid nervously tapping any part of your body during an interview. This can be very distracting to the person interviewing you. Avoiding caffeine, large amounts of sugar and focusing on your breathing the day of your interview can help calm your nerves.
4. Silence your cellphone
Make sure your cellphone is on silent before you arrive at the interviewer's office. Also, do not ever answer a call or text during an interview! If it's an emergency, simply excuse yourself from the room and take care of your business.
5. Bad eye contact
Eye contact is one of the most important things during an interview. Staring into space or at the ground can only hurt your chances during an interview. Good eye contact lets the interviewer know that you are confident and eager to learn about the opportunity being presented to you.
Avoiding these 5 bad interview habits during your next interview will greatly improve your chances of landing the job you've been looking for!
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