Being Dishonest Or Impolite
Your overall attitude has a lot to do with how your prospective employers perceive you and your candidacy for the position they are hiring for. There are a couple of things that you can do to make sure that your prospective employer or interviewer sees you in the right light and does not get the wrong idea. Here are two things that you absolutely need to keep in mind –
Dishonesty – You should never, ever lie to an employer under any circumstances to get the position that you want. By lying or being dishonest in general, you are greatly undermining your own abilities and strengths, and you are destroying any trust or rapport that has been developed by the interviewer.
If you are unable to get the position that you want based on your current skills or potential skills and accomplishments, then you probably should not be applying for that particular position anyway. Applying for a position that is beyond your capabilities is simply asking for trouble. Being dishonest about your capabilities to get a job that is beyond your means is an even greater and more dangerous risk.
Being Impolite – you need to keep in mind that the person who is interviewing you may very well be your future boss or employer. You should not sit down until you are asked to. If you want to take off your jacket, you should ask for permission first. If refreshments are offered, thank your host.
You should make a point to express your interest toward the job or position that you are interested in applying for and you should also make a point to thank the person interviewing you for the time that they took to sit and speak with you. Even if you are no longer interested in the job that you are applying for by the end of your interview, the person who you sat down and spoke with may still be an excellent contact person with you.
You should absolutely never ever burn any bridges with potential employers or other people working within your industry of choice because there is no telling whether or not they will be helpful for you in the future. If you managed to obtain a job interview through an agency, you should also give them a phone call promptly following your interview so that you can advise them of whether or not you are interested in the role that you are interviewing for.
A large part of your interview success will hinge on your attitude, your willingness to listen, your willingness to ask and answer questions, and your ability to be honest and to have a positive outlook on the interview situation. If you are not projecting the right attitude and appearance to your prospective employer, you will have great difficulty when it comes to proving that you are the right candidate for the job, especially when there is a lot of competition for the job in question.