Anyone who has experience in finding a job, especially professional ones, knows that it is challenging to get an invite to a job interview. Becoming one among the few “job candidates” instead of being a part of the usual gigantic crowd of “job applicants” is already a major victory. Unfortunately, too many job candidates blow their interview opportunities, wasting all that time and energy. Do not be one of them and know the things to avoid doing during an interview in Malaysia.
Things to avoid doing during an interview in Malaysia
Having negative body language.
If you never smile, have a limp handshake, and don’t make eye contact with the people you meet at the employer’s location, and especially with the interviewer, you’ll come across as too shy or too strange or simply not interested.
Show your interest and enthusiasm. If you are naturally very shy or an introvert, express your enthusiasm as Wendy Gelberg, author of The Successful Introvert, suggests.[If you’re a veteran, put yourself at “Attention!” (but skip the “Yes, ma’am” and “Yes, sir”).]Smile, say hello, look them in the eye, and shake hands as though you really are happy to meet that person, and soon you will be.
Sharing TMI (too much information).
Sometimes, people have a whole-truth-and-nothing-but-the-truth mindset in a job interview, so they “spill their guts” in answer to every question. Not smart or useful!
It is not recommended to tell lies, but recommended that you avoid boring the interviewer and blowing an opportunity by sharing too much information. If they want more details, they’ll ask.
Answer their questions, and then stop talking. Or, ask a question of your own.
If you were laid-off, fired, or ended your last job unpleasantly, you may feel very angry. You may be angry over a horrible commute to the interview, an earlier fight with your kids or spouse, or anything else. Whatever the reason, dump the anger before the interview, at least temporarily.
Angry people are NOT people employers want to hire. Angry people are not fun to work with. They may frighten co-workers and/or customers or clients. They may also abuse both people and equipment (computers, cars, etc.). Not good contributors to a happy workplace or a prosperous business, even if they don’t “go postal.”
Stop, before you enter the employer’s premises, take a few deep breaths, focus on the opportunity that awaits you at this potential employer, put a smile on your face, and do your best to switch gears mentally so you are not “in a bad place” in your mind.
Flirting or other inappropriate behaviour.
Unless you are interviewing for a job as a comedian or host/hostess in a social club, don’t try to be entertaining or amusing. And, don’t flirt with anyone, including the receptionist and the security guard.
If making them laugh isn’t a requirement of the job, take the interview seriously. Save flirting for your second day of work.
Don’t chew gum or bring food or drink into the interview. Mind your manners, as your Mother taught you, and be polite to everyone you meet there. The interview is an “audition” for the job. Show them your best!
This one drives employers crazy. Most employers have more applicants than they need or want. If you aren’t demonstrably interested in them and the job, they certainly aren’t interested in hiring you.
Demonstrate your interest in the company and the job. Know the job you are interviewing for and why you want the job. Be dressed appropriately. Turn off your cell phone and focus your attention on the interview and the interviewers.
Ask intelligent questions that indicate you have done some research, but do NOT ask a question that could be answered in 30 seconds with a Google search or a peek at their website’s homepage.
While acing a job interview will be tough to achieve, you should know the things to avoid during an interview in Malaysia. These are the few red flags that some employers might have and can totally destroy your chances of getting the job.
More information about:
- Things Successful Businesses Do in Malaysia
- How To Make A Good Impression In An Interview in Malaysia