Not quite the one you’re thinking of, where you’ve paid your dues at Joe Bloggs Inc. and are now chatting to someone from HR about your experience.
There is another kind of exit interview – the one where you effortlessly talk yourself out of a job by handling an interview with all the deftness and accuracy of a toddler catching a ball. *That exit interview.*
The one where you leave the interview room and, they fervently hope, will never darken their doorway again.
Armed with a great CV and enviable references, it is still quite easy to sabotage an interview. Just by being yourself, you can achieve this feat.
You arrive fashionably late on the big day and give the overworked ‘heavy traffic’ excuse, not even bothering to Google better excuses on your way there.
Or you proudly flaunt the blue streaks inyour hair, so characteristically ‘you’ and so well-accepted at the ad agency you worked at before. The streaksglint mystically in the sunlit interview room; now turquoise, now azure.
Some mistakes are not that obvious. Speaking too much can guarantee you an exit interview; speaking too little can have the same career-crippling effect. Fidgeting like a child on its mother’s lap is detestable in the interviewer’s sight. So is complete immobility, as though to move were to die.
Three (of many) self-sabotaging moves at an interview:
Arriving late – Smacks of disrespect. Always has, always will. Not researching the company or position offered – You don’t really want the job, do you?
Dressing sloppily or inappropriately – You don’t really want the job, do you?
Some tips to up your chances across the table: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviews/tp/jobinterviewtips.htm
Too often, job seekers joyously count their chickens when they are called for an interview, assuming their CV has spoken for them. Your CV has merely cracked open the door; the entry proper is still up to you. While you should not be fretful and jittery in an interview, be assured of one thing. Complacency and over-relaxation will point you to the red exit sign.