There are a lot of things that go into the decision to hire a new employee. So, when you’re interviewing you need to be hyper-aware of what it is that you can and can’t control. Hiring managers often look at potential employees under a microscope and view simple mistakes as big red flags. If you’re applying for administrative positions and want to ensure that you’re giving yourself the best opportunity, here are some mistakes that you should avoid.

Not researching the company.
Far too many candidates enter an interview having not even looked at the company website. At the very least, this is a requirement. Today’s technologically connected world makes research easier than ever. Google the company, look at their website and even review the LinkedIn profiles of the people you’ll meet with. This will help you personalize your experience, instead of coming across and generic.

Not knowing the job description.
By the same token, make sure you’ve thoroughly read the job description. Hopefully, you did this when sending in your resume, but experience has shown this isn’t always the case. Once you review the job description, use it as a basis for describing what you do and how you can be an asset to the company.

Not comparing your experience to their needs.
Personalization is really the key to landing your next admin job. The reason a company is hiring is because they have a problem, and it is your job to be the solution to that problem. What can you solve? How does your past experience fit in with what needs to be done in this position? Be sure to share their answers with your interviewer.

Not preparing for common questions.
There are very common questions like “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “Why should we hire you?” Not being prepared for these questions will show the interviewer that you aren’t taking this processes seriously. Because these common questions are so ubiquitous, not being able to answer won’t do you any favors. When practicing, consider how you might respond.

Not knowing when to back down.
Employers like confidence, so you should remain positive throughout the process. But there is also a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When you have been told an answer, even if it is one you don’t like, it is time to walk away. If you are too aggressive in the interview itself, you may not even get a call back much less a job offer. Know where to draw the line.

Be Prepared

Are you looking for your next administrative position? Contact the team at Harvard Resource Solutions, hiring in Troy MI.


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