#DiceTip for applicants: Don't ask HR if you should dress up for interview. Via Elizabeth #SHRM12

The first step in your journey to a better career starts with the hardest part—the job interview. The process of sitting before a hiring manager, answering questions, and being scrutinized for your every word and move can be nerve-racking.

If only you could skip this part…

You can’t.

In an effort to make your next job interview a bit easier, here are six things hiring managers might think during an interview. Obviously, they won’t tell you these things up front, but I’m telling you this now to give you a heads up.

“Really, this how you dress for work?”

Don’t come to your job interview looking like you are on your way to the grocery or to some other errand. Don’t dress like you’re going to a party either, unless perhaps you’re applying for a job in fashion or design, where a little peculiarity is expected. Dress and look the part you are applying for—this is the first step to finding a better job. It’s better to be over-dressed than to look sloppy.

“Is he always going to be late?”

Never come in late for a job interview. I repeat, never. Career coaching experts say it will give the hiring manager the impression that if you were late for a supposedly big day like this one, then you wouldn’t mind being late on other days- especially when you’ve already been hired.

“Are you lying?” or “I find that hard to believe…”

Always be honest in everything you write on your resume. Hiring managers have a way of telling if you are making up lies and stories. Always be accurate with dates, numbers, and other details; don’t exaggerate just to impress people. It might BACKFIRE on you.

If your resume is inaccurate or exaggerated, chances are you will stumble while explaining it and your chances of finding a better job will go down the drain.

“How long will you last here?” or “Will you jump ship?”

If your resume shows that you’ve had short stints in other companies, this may give hiring managers the impression that you won’t stay with them for long. Just make sure you are able to explain fully your reasons for leaving past employers to help them understand your actions.

“Is this the best you can do?”

As career coaching professionals always say, your resume speaks volumes about the quality of your work, specifically work ethics and desire for perfection. A resume with grammatical errors, typos and crumples, gives people the impression that you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing. If you can’t even organize your own resume, how then will you ever work well with bigger, more important tasks?

You personality doesn’t seem to fit

It’s virtually impossible to tell what hiring managers consider to be a “good fit” for their team, so it’s best to just be yourself and act appropriately at all times. There is nothing wrong with putting your best foot forward, but do not act like someone you are not.

Don’t exaggerate your laugh and don’t pretend to laugh at jokes you don’t understand just to “get along.”

Don’t forget these tips when you go on an interview!


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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.