An oil and gas interview can always make you nervous, anxious and excited at the same time. The rush of emotions are endless, but we are there to rescue you.
This is a guide to what you shouldn’t be saying in an oil and gas interview because we all know what should be done. Listed below are the things that one should not say, ask, or wear in an interview.
An interview personifies the saying “first impression is the last impression” to the T. An interviewer will always judge you if you are late for an interview. It portrays that you aren’t serious or interested enough in the job.
The biggest mistake most millennials make is that they pair jeans with a shirt and think that is formal. Unfortunately they could not be more wrong. Dressing shabbily or even inappropriately leaves a rather negative impression on the potential employer. Always go cleanly shaven for men, properly ironed clothes for both genders and most of all clean and fresh breath and well rested eyes.
(Suggested Read: How to dress up for an interview?)
Being confident for the interview is absolutely wonderful, but the trouble begins when you start forgetting the thin line between confidence and overconfidence. Your body language portrays a lot of how you are feeling or experiencing when you go for an interview. The interviewer is absolutely put off and discouraged by an interviewee who speaks too much without thinking.
Bad mouthing your previous company
Bad mouthing your previous employer is frowned upon. When questioned about your previous employer always keep the answer between neutral to a positive. Always focus on the learnings and the growth you have experience in the previous company.
It is a given that you should always do your research about the company. It is blasphemous if you go unprepared and they ask you questions you have no answers too, would just seem you are doing them a favour by giving the interview.
A negative start
It is a thumb rule, that one should always begin their sentences with a positive connotation. Use your words better and smartly.
Wrong: “I don’t hold much experience, but…”
Right: “I believe with my new outlook to the problems, I am better prepared for the challenges..”
No interviewer likes cliché answers. Answers like “I think outside the box” or “I am a perfectionist”. This irks many interviewers because it makes them feel that you have a holier than thou feeling inside you. Try to be innovative yet simple in the ways you communicate with the interviewer.
“Like”, “um”, “you know” are fillers and they should never be used in an interview. This starts to show that you haven’t prepared well for the interview and are not confident enough about the job. Fumbling is not helpful at all. Take a few moments to answer that would prove more effective.
Using acronyms is a big negative unless it is industry related. Acronyms make it tough for the interviewer to understand what it is that you are talking about. Acronyms can also confuse the interviewer in case that particular acronym means something else as well. Be careful in what you use always so that your interviewer understands you.
It is a no-brainer that one should never swear in an interview. It is extremely unprofessional and uncalled for. The new age start-ups think it is cool or hip to swear in an interview because the interviewee will be more comfortable, but never be roped into this farce. Never swear.
The oil and gas sector is rather competitive when it comes to recruiting the best of the best. This sector is also strenuous but highly rewarding, so being prepared for an interview is a prerequisite. So fresh out of college or just plain lost, this blog should help you get a lot of insights. Energy Dais is your go-to when it comes to all things in oil and gas.
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