Finding a new job – or looking for your first job! – is already hard and stressful enough without your parents, their friends and pretty much everyone you know trying to help you out. Sure, they mean well, and at such a difficult time, some guidance is definitely appreciated, however there are a few popular tips you should ignore.
“Follow this format for your CV”
Today’s job market is so competitive that if you want to stand out and secure an interview, you need to think outside the box. So don’t stick to any all-purpose format. Be creative while making sure your accomplishments speak for themselves.
“Impress your interviewer by telling them how much you are making at your current job, maybe even exaggerate”
There will come a time when HR representatives will ask about your current or previous salary. Before telling them – either the truth or an exaggerated figure –, ask them about the offer first. That way you will have the upper hand in the negotiation.
“Show the interviewer how much you want the job”
While you should definitely demonstrate interest in the position, you don’t want to seem desperate. Be professional and show you can get the job done.
“At the end of the interview, ask them if there’s any reason why they wouldn’t hire you, it shows you are confident and are not afraid of their answer”
You don’t want to seem overconfident. And this specific example might actually portray lack of confidence. So at the end of an interview, ask any questions you are genuinely curious about – what it’s like working at that company, how long your interviewer has been working there, etc. –, and then thank your interviewer. Following up with a thank-you note or email is also advisable.