Highlighted below are 12 mistakes that new graduates should avoid when applying for jobs.
Not Doing Enough Research
It is important to research about the company and the job you are applying for. Interviewers want to know why you are seeking employment in their company. If you don’t come up with a convincing answer, you will most probably not be considered for the job.
Taking the Job For Granted
Don’t be cocky and take the job for granted. So what if you had a scholarship at college or great grades? If your attitude puts the company off, you will never get the job. No company wants to hire arrogant employees.
Never overestimate yourself. You don’t know what the company is looking for. Always, give it your best shot and do not look over-confidence. It is important to have a certain level of trust in yourself. However, it should never look ‘too much’ and come across as cockiness.
Underestimating yourself, looking nervous and unprepared for the job impacts your chances of getting the job very negatively. The job market is very tough. It isn’t easy to get a job. If you get an interview, make sure you come across confident and able to do the job well. The “I don’t think I can do it…” attitude negatively impacts your chances of landing the job.
Talking about Financial Factors
Do not discuss the salary until you are asked for it. Talking about your debt settlement issues will put you in a bad light. If you are under debt and badly need a job, you don’t need to discuss it with your potential employees. There are debt settlement advice firms for this purpose.
Ignoring Specific Requests
At times, job advertisements have certain points that must be kept in mind. They might be about a specific resume format or interview dress-code. The failure to obey the requests will leave a very bad taste in your potential employer’s mouth and will put you in a bad light.
Not Fully Prepared
Always, go fully prepared for the interview. It is vital to reach the suggested venue on time. Make it a habit to keep a notepad and a pen with you, in case the need to note anything down arises. You should come across as someone who is really keen on getting the job.
If you are required to take certain documents along with you, make sure you do. The failure to produce the documents asked for can disqualify you. Several companies are very strict about such issues. Do not consider them petty and take everything that you’ve been asked for.
Slip of Tongue
During interviews, due to pressure and other reasons, people often have a slip of tongue. It’s an embarrassing moment where one ends up saying what he or she shouldn’t have had. It might be hard to believe, but this is a major reason for employers denying jobs. Talking about debt settlement or your financial difficulties in an interview is not the right thing, even if you are asked about your financial position.
No Back-up Plan
In case something goes wrong, there should always be a backup plan. If you have confidence and deem yourself suitable for the job, you will be prepared with a back-up plan. If you’re asked to come for another interview or a test, do not hesitate in saying a yes. Looking confused or lost will show disinterest.
Thinking that Grade Means Everything
Having a good GPA is good, but it’s not everything. Companies do not look for geeks, but people who can solve problems. You must come across as an intellect and not a crammer who knows every definition by heart.
Lying about material or immaterial facts is the biggest reason people lose the job. If you do not qualify for the job, do not lie about it in your résumé or during the interview. Employers do a good amount of research before offering the contract. Any discrepancy will not only disqualify you, but will also cause you serious image-damage in the long-run.
The above article is written by Roxanne Peterson from Consolidated Credit Group. She often advises people to take care of their debt related queries in a smarter way.