Career Tips

How to Avoid Putting Off Employers During the Interview

Date Posted: 12/23/2022

You’ve always wanted to work abroad and join the ranks of “mga bagong bayani” or modern heroes. Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs are considered modern-day heroes due to their sacrifices to support their families, as well as their invaluable contributions to the Philippine economy due to their remittances.

However, Filipinos looking for a job overseas also have to be aware of certain red flags that may turn-off potential employers and derail their chances of success. As a jobseeker, you don’t want to come off as “pasaway” or stubborn when trying to land a job abroad. Here are five of the biggest mistakes you can make that can turn-off employers during the interview:

Arriving late—and giving excuses. “Filipino time” or being tardy for an appointment is a deep-rooted cultural habit that can be a turn-off for potential employers. Being late for an interview leaves a bad first impression as it shows you don’t respect other people’s time and may not be capable of meeting company deadlines. Try to arrive early and apologize if you are running late – employers are more likely to forgive you if you are honest and professional.

Looking unpolished and sloppy. Shorts, flip flops or a tank top do not spell business. Even if the company dress code is “casual,” show up for your interview looking polished and professional. Wear a blazer or a tie, trim your nails, add some make-up, and groom your hair. Make an effort to look your best; employers will take you more seriously if you look the part.

Negative behavior. Don’t be a know-it-all during your interview, come off as “mayabang” or overly confident, or answer your phone in the middle of a conversation. It’s also best to remain positive and polite when discussing your past employers, conditions, or salary.

Lying or faking your CV. Never fake your work experience or education just to get a job interview. This will jeopardize your future chances of getting hired abroad if recruiters blacklist you for your bad reputation. Be honest in your application and be prepared to back up your answers with evidence.

Not asking questions. You need to come prepared for an interview by asking important questions related to your anticipated responsibilities, working hours, pay scale, or even your days off. Not asking questions shows you’re just desperate for the job, or are blindly applying for any position available. Asking informed questions shows employers that you are interested and invested in the job.

Believe in yourself, stay positive, and avoid these red flags at all costs. Do your research and come prepared for your next interview. All the best!