5 Things You Should Never Do Before a Job Interview

5. Not prepare questions

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There are few things you can predict when it comes the job interview process, but one thing you can count on is that your interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Always be prepared for this, because it will happen. Jordan Wan, founder and CEO of CloserIQ, said candidates who don’t come prepared with thoughtful questions will just blend in with everyone else interviewing for the job. “One of the most effective ways to stand out is preparing a few insightful questions for the interview. Go beyond shallow questions like, ‘Who are your competitors?’ These questions require no background research so they are less impressive than questions that demonstrate a deeper understanding of the product, industry, or role itself. Let your intellectual curiosity take over, but try to ground your questions with a desire to better understand the job opportunity,” said Wan.

Pierre Tremblay, director of human resources for Dupray, also said not coming prepared with questions shows a lack of initiative. “The worst mistake somebody could make is to not ask questions at the conclusion. Really? We just spent an hour asking you 40 or so questions. You have nothing on your mind? You’re not interested about your day-to-day duties? What about the company dynamic? What about the people you will work with? You have no questions for me about tools and technology that we use? People who don’t ask questions in an interview show me that they just want a job — not this job. They want to come to work for eight hours a day, get paid, and leave. I need to be shown that this person cares about the role and will eventually care for their work and the company. Even if you only have time for one question to be asked, it better be a thoughtful one!” said Tremblay.

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