A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and do will either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention. What you do during a job interview is viewed as a “sample” of your work. Unfortunately, too many candidates blow their job interview opportunities, wasting all that time and effort significantly due to some interview mistakes. Don’t be one of those candidates.
Check out the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate can make for employment.
What shouldn’t you do when interviewing?
- Improper Dress up –The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why it’s always important to dress appropriately for a job interview success.
- Being Late – No matter how well you do in an interview, arriving more than a few minutes late, is likely to have a negative impact on an employers’ impression of you and influence your chances of getting the job. Be in time and be prepared to describe your employment history.
- Appearing Uninterested – This drives employers crazy. Most employers have more applicants than they need or want. If you aren’t demonstrably interested in them, they certainly aren’t interested in hiring you. Do not lean back, slouch or display disinterest through your posture.
- Poor Communication Skill – Communication is one of the most important skills we can ever learn. So many problems stem from poor communication and there’s no wonder poor communication is an important issue to overcome in the job interview, though it may not always be easy. Don’t speak too slow or too fast. After all, it is the only way for information to effectively spread throughout the interview.
- Forget to listen – Listen carefully to your interviewer, don’t interrupt and don’t attempt too many jokes. Some interviewers ask stress questions just to find out how you react. If you race to fill every silence too quickly, you’re likely to blurt out something you’ll regret. Slow down and don’t be afraid of the pause. Interviewers expect you to pause and think before answering complex questions.
- Being Unprepared -You need to know your resume inside out. If it’s a competency based interview, make sure you’ve prepared relevant examples. Research the employer, go over the job description and take notes on how your skills and strengths match up.
- Giving Wrong Answer – Take the time to prepare beforeyour interview, so you don’t have to stress out about blunders after Review Sample Interview Questions and Prepare Responses. The best way to deal with these tricky questions is to gracefully redirect the question toward a similar topic you are familiar with.
- Giving Textbook Responses – It’s important to show your personality in an interview. Try to be open and honest about your skills and strengths, giving examples of when you’ve used them. That’s stronger than trotting out clichéd statements such as ‘I’m a real people person.
- Lying – Anything from big lies about what jobs you’ve done, to little tweaks about your skills or knowledge can trip you up. It’s very easy for your interviewer to catch you out with a few follow-up questions. Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses.
- Acting Dejected due to Frazzled Nerves – It’s natural to feel anxiety about a job interview. Pre–interview anxiety can really sabotage your performance on the big day. You will often be shown into a boardroom before an interview and offered a seat while you wait and they remain unseen. Keep in mind that you are there because they liked your resume. Don’t act nervous or dejected if things aren’t going perfectly.
- Appearing Arrogant or Rude – Candidates too often cross over from confidence to arrogance. There is a fine distinction between the two. Confident people relate to interviewers as equals, while arrogant people are condescending, giving the impression they think they’re above other people, either socially or otherwise. Be especially careful about arrogance when you’re interviewing with someone younger than you or if you’re interviewing for positions that are a step or two down from your last role.
- Criticizing a Current or Previous Employer – It’s fine to talk about what you would like to achieve and why this may not be possible in your current job, but never bad-mouth a current or previous employer. It could give your interviewer the impression you’re difficult to work with.
- Speaking in a Monotone – Interviewers pay attention to body language (eye contact, smiling…etc). Your voice is telling your job interviewer more than you think. Modulate your voice to show emphasis and excitement when making a point. Employers look for energetic and engaged employees.
- Showing Desperation – Enthusiasm is good, neediness can be a bit awkward.No matter how desperately you want the job, remember that it’s just one opportunity. Your entire future is not dependent on landing this particular job. Show off your best qualities ace the interview and don’t be a bunny boiler.
- Forgetting Thank You Etiquette – Your behavior after the interview can be just as important as the impression you make during your interview. No matter how informal the job interview might have seemed, you should always have “enough” gesture of showing “Thank You” etiquette post interview.
Try to remember that even the best of us make mistakes, even the people who are interviewing us. It doesn’t hurt to try and allay any concerns they may have about your reliability. Convince them through your good manners, experience and personal references that you’re not only entirely dependable but also flexible and able to easily change course when what you’re doing isn’t working.