Being called to a job interview for a product manager in NYC takes work, as anyone who has been in the job search process for some time knows. Being one of the select few “job prospects” instead of one of the typically vast numbers of “job applicants” is a significant accomplishment. Unfortunately, many job applicants must improve their chances of interviewing, wasting their time and energy. Avoid running as one of those people. Never assume the employment offer is “in the bag” because you were invited for an interview!
Prevent These Typical Interview Errors:
An interview is seen as a “preview” of your work, so prepare accordingly. They evaluate everything you do because they don’t know you (unless you are one of the lucky referred candidates). Show them why they should employ you. Use this interview advice to steer clear of typical blunders:
- Coming off as uninterested: This one irritates managers. The majority of companies have more applicants than they require or desire. They are most definitely not interested in employing you if you don’t show that you are interested in them and the position. They can observe it if you are:
- Showing a lack of enthusiasm for the business or the job.
- Don’t Understand the position you are applying for and your motivations.
- Not Putting on suitable clothing.
- Not Putting your phone away and concentrating on the interview and the evaluators.
To avoid this: Ask thoughtful questions that demonstrate your study, but avoid asking questions that could be resolved in 30 seconds by performing a Google search or taking a quick look at their website’s home page.
- Lack of preparation: A blatant absence of planning destroys opportunities. Additionally, a lack of preparation is typically apparent right away.
To avoid this: Prepare yourself! You can express your interest in them and the position by being prepared. When you are ready, you will also perform better in the interviews.
Adequate planning includes the following components:
- Examine your fit with the job description and posting: Examine the job description in detail. Each prerequisite should be listed along with your compliance. Then, decide which of your achievements meet those criteria. To help you recall your accomplishments, write as many numbers as possible. Make a list of instances where you have proven qualified for this position. In the interview, you can briefly discuss these “stories” to demonstrate that you fulfill the requirements. It’ll be beneficial if someone asks you to describe a period when.
- Investigate the company: Do your best to investigate the website thoroughly. How do they behave? Is there a “goal” stated? How are they set up? What location are they in? Are they a member of a bigger group? What do their companies do, if they have any? Please take note of the titles of their goods and services and familiarise yourself with what each entails (unless they have tens or more). What are officials listed on the website? What location are they in? Do any of them, and have a similar history? (hometown, school, service, volunteer work, etc.)
- Be prepared to respond to common interview inquiries: Be prepared for questions about this employer and employment opportunity, such as “Tell us what you know about the firm” and “Why do you think you are perfect for the post.” To practice such FAQs about what is asked in interviews, refer to Product Management Interview Questions. Consider your responses to the standard interview questions as you consider your personal experiences or stories, as appropriate.
- Sharing too much information: Sometimes, candidates “spill their beans” during a job interview in response to every query because they can not be diplomatic and are of a whole-truth-and-nothing-but-the-truth mentality. It needs to be more clever and practical! Although I don’t advise lying, I suggest avoiding boring the interviewer and blowing a chance by divulging too much information. They for sure will inquire if they need more information.
To avoid this: Pose a sensible query related to the organization or employee benefits (the thing that makes sense to talk about).
- Using unfavorable or negative body language: You’ll come across as too shy, too strange, or just plain uninterested if you never smile, shake hands weakly, or make eye contact with anyone you meet at the employer’s location, particularly the interviewer.
To Avoid this:
- Feign enthusiasm and curiosity. If you are introverted or naturally shy, Wendy Gelberg, author of The Successful Introvert, advises you to show confidence.
- Put yourself at “Attention!”
- Refrain from saying “Yes, madam” and “Yes, sir” now and then.
- Give a pleasant smile, greet them, look them in the eye, and shake hands.
That’s just a magic way of showing you are a gentleman. Show them you are pleased to meet them.
- Asking the wrong questions at the wrong time or not asking good questions: No questions equals no curiosity to an employer. Number one above illustrates how fatal that is to your ability to take advantage of the chance. Asking incorrect queries is just as detrimental as not asking any. Asking only about raises, promotions, vacations, and perks during the first interview is typically unwelcome. These inquiries show that you focus more on personal advantages than the position itself. One must know the importance of communication during an interview.
To Avoid this: Ask the queries that came to mind while conducting your pre-interview research, speaking with people in the interview, or observing people in the environment. Inquire about the position’s specifics, such as what a typical day entails, whether the job is new or being filled due to a promotion at the prior employer, etc.
- Being Agitated And Angry: You might be outraged if your previous work ended severely or you were fired or laid off. Your difficult commute to the interview, a prior argument with your children or partner, or anything else could make you angry. Whatever the cause, put your rage aside for the discussion, if only momentarily. Employers do not want to recruit angry people; working with angry individuals could be more frightening and stressful. They might terrify coworkers, clients, or consumers and misuse tools and people (computers, cars, etc.). Even if they don’t “go postal,” they aren’t effective employees or business partners.
To Avoid this: Before you enter the employer’s property, pause, take a few deep breaths, concentrate on the opportunity that this potential employer offers, smile, and try your best to shift gears mentally, so you are not “in a bad place.”
Make a mistake, learn from it, and move on!
Everybody makes errors, and frequently, they don’t have a “fatal” impact on your job search. However, your employment search should be quick if you try to avoid these mistakes. Asking the hiring manager for feedback can help you succeed the next time if the interview went well, but you still need to be given the position.