At a time when millennials are taking over the workforce by storm, resumes and job interviews matter more than ever. In our hyper-technological age, the way we interact with others face-to-face tells others how well we work with others, as well as our ability to maintain good interpersonal relations.
This makes the job interview especially critical for anyone looking for a new job--perhaps even more so for millennials. Here are 5 job interview mistakes that millennials often make, so you can be sure not to make them too.
1. Overusing the word "Like"
Even though we all have problems with inserting the word into our everyday speech, peppering our every other word with "like" has implications millennials may not even be aware of. It can make us appear like we're second guessing ourselves, not confident in what we're saying, or even of a lower intelligence level than we really are.
2. Forgetting to put your phone on silent
If your phone constantly pings and makes other noises during your interview, the person you're talking to will not be impressed. For a generation that always has a phone in hand, not taking a couple seconds to make sure it won't disturb the interview is a sure sign of carelessness.
3. Dressing inappropriately
Although work attire now tends more toward casual than a three-piece business suit, it's still incredibly unprofessional to show up in clothing that's clearly not suitable for the office. Showing in a sloppy ensemble shows a lack of effort that could be easily averted.
In a generation that values the individual above anything else, it can feel almost like second nature to talk too much about oneself. Remember that there's a fine line between bragging and relaying what you have or haven't done, so find the balance between saying too little--and saying too much.
5. Not doing the research
A preliminary Google search regarding the company you want to work for takes no more than 5 minutes, but the knowledge goes a long way. Even though we live in an age of extreme connectivity and Internet knowledge overload, don't forget to brush up on your facts before meeting up with your interviewer.