4 Worst Interview Blunders Kenyan Recruiters Hate With Passion
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Have youy ever attended an interview, walked out thinking that you nailed it only to never hear from the recruiter?
Isaac, an Accounts Assistant, landed a job last week but he recalls a silly mistake that made him lose an opportunity in in May.
“For the life of me I didn’t know what the company was all about. Not what they did or even who some of their clients were. It was my first interview and I didn’t think any of those things mattered.”
Speaking to Ms. Muthoni Ndegwa, a Recruiter at Corporate Staffing, she highlights 4 of the biggest mistakes job seekers should steer away from.
1. Not Carrying Relevant Documents
Ms Ndegwa says that come what may, you should always have with you some vital documents.
“The most important is a fully updated CV, followed by copies of your certificates, any testimonials relevant to the job at hand and a recommendation letter.”
She adds that getting caught without these crucial items can throw off your confidence and make interviewers question your preparedness.
2. Being Desperate
Ms Ndegwa explains that there are certain phrases and language that are definitely off limits if you don’t want to look desperate
“I’ve seen people who say I will do anything to land a job. This in essence shows the employer that you no longer have credible skills or value yourself enough.”
She advises that, “You have to understand what your value is. At the end of the day they want to hear, not sheer desperation but a clear sense of what your value is.”
3. Quoting Too High or Too Low
Speaking of value, how much are your skills worth? 15K, 50K, 1M?
Ms Ndegwa feels that most job seekers attend interviews without the right figures at their finger tips.
“That’s why you find that most people end up being underpaid. For a job that’s worth say maybe Ksh50,000, they get paid half of that either because they do not value their skills much or they do not know the market rate for their job position.”
But then again there are those who go overboard with the quotation.
“Some interviewees also quote a very high figure thinking that if they do so it shows that they value themselves and perhaps may impress the interviewer.”
4. Failing To Ask questions
Ms Ndegwa remarks that whichever industry you may fall under “What questions do you have for us,” is a must for most interviews.
“For most entry level job seekers especially, it’s the usual aaaaahs….and the head scratching that comes with it. Most job seekers think they are playing it safe by not having questions for the HR. On the contrary, that is not the case.”
For guidelines, she concludes that your questions to the interviewer should focus on the company, culture, success factors or chances to contribute.