5 Common Interview Mistakes Millennials Make

An integral process of landing a job, interviews have the potential to either boost your application or taint it forever. Although more companies like Google are becoming dynamic and informal with their employees, as an applicant, it’s important to remember that you haven’t been hired yet and hence need to make the best impression to be offered the casual treatment.  So if you’re a millennial still actively looking for a job, there might be a few things you need to reconsider. 

1. Dressing For Failure 

Yes, you’re not required to don a blazer, waistcoat and the whole shebang anymore but it is still important to wear attire that is appropriate to the workplace. According to a Forbes survey in 2012, 75% of the Hiring Managers said that the top mistake Millenials made was choosing the wrong clothing. Dressing sloppily or too informally often sends the message that you’re not serious about the offer and this lack of effort could be the first of many things that lead you down the rabbit hole during your interview. So next time you’re gearing up for an interview, stay away from the flashy jewelry, t-shirts and the sneakers that I’m sure call out your name as you walk out the door. 

2. Not Asking Enough Questions 

The Job Network listed this as one of their top mistakes too because not asking questions shows not only a lack of initiative but tells the employers that you aren’t driven, curious or informed. You might want to consider doing your research before the interview and understanding the company. Small things like reading the company’s mission statement or the background of the role you’ve applied for can go a long way in this regard. So during the interview, you can ask more questions about how your role can contribute to the company’s long-term goals and what you can do beyond the interview to follow-up. 

3. Not Asking The Right Questions 

In the rare cases that millennials voluntarily ask questions, it's usually about the pay, added benefits and holiday allowances. While those are important questions to inquire about before you accept an offer, an interview is not necessarily the right time or place to ask them. Shawn D'Souza, the talent acquisition manager at Workopolis advises that when you’re being assessed for how well you’ll fit the requirements, asking about these matters often shows that you are only there for the monetary benefits. Whatever your reasons might be for applying to a job, such an impression doesn’t work well in your favor and it is hence more appropriate to leave those questions for when you have an initial offer on the table. 

4. Error 404: Too Much Found 

Living in the post-truth era can be hard and Millennials often have a lot to say about it. With opinions on everything under the sun from politics to the dress Ariana Grande wore to the MET Gala, you might be very vocal about your thoughts on all platforms of social media. With the idea that your freedom of speech extends to everything, including what you post on social media, you might not think twice before hitting the post button. But, in the Forbes survey mentioned earlier, the majority (70%) of the managers are deterred by explicit photos, information that is too personal or profanities and poor grammar. So it might be worthwhile to think about what you post from time to time. 

5. If you want to, like, really get the job, like, polish your speech! 

The Job Network emphasizes that the way you talk is one of the most important keys to success in an interview. This means your vocabulary needs a spring cleaning. Get rid of the ‘umm’s, the ‘like’s, and the ‘bro’s because you’re not getting a job with them around! Slang, jargon and politically incorrect terms are large red flags when someone’s looking to hire you so knock the habit off before it costs you a job! 

6. That “I’m In My 20s, YOLO” Attitude 

You may not realize how strong this comes across, but the string of unrelated work and academic experience and casual resume speaks volumes. When you’re applying for a job, you want to show them you’re committed to the profession and it is important to constantly update your resume to showcase this. You’re young and you’ve done a variety of jobs on a whim, but a pharmaceutical company doesn’t need to see that you’ve worked two summers at TGI Friday’s unless you’ve developed some qualities from it that are valuable to the position you’re applying to. It is thus very important to tweak your resume for every role you’re interested in to prove to your potential employers that you’re dedicated and interested. 

So with these in mind, show your interviewer next time that nobody’s better suited for the job than the avocado buying, selfie-loving millennial that’s you!

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