5 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

There is nothing quite as nerve-racking as a job interview. You are on display. You are being looked over while the interviewer delves into your psyche trying to determine if you are the right person for the job. There are, however, ways that you can make the interviewing process a positive experience:

Not researching the company or position. It is important to research the job you are applying for. Learn some facts about the company. Not only does this show that you have prepared yourself for the interview, it shows that you have a real interest in the company you are applying to. It will also help you be better prepared to answer and ask questions during the interview process.

Being unprepared. Go into your interview prepared. There are several ways to do this. One way is to anticipate some of the questions you might be asked. I remember well going into an important interview and the first question asked of me was “Tell me a little about yourself”. I was completely taken aback because it was not a question I had anticipated. My response was slow and uncertain, which made me appear unfocused and lacking self-confidence. I wasn’t sure what the interviewer wanted to know about me, and I seemed unsure of who I was as a person.

Prepare yourself by remembering old interviews you have gone to. Talk to others about some interview questions you might be asked. There are also lots of books about being interviewed. Prepare yourself.

Forgetting to dress for success. Whatever job you are applying to, you need to remember to dress for success. Not only does it show that you take pride in yourself, it will relay that you want to put your best foot forward. Make your attire simple and neat. Don’t wear anything loud or flashy. You want to make sure your interviewer is focusing on you as a person and not on your giant dangling earrings.

Forgetting to be well-groomed. Make sure you are showered and shaved. Pay attention to your hands and make sure your fingernails are clean and neat. Your hair needs to be combed and neatly styled. A little fragrance is fine, but don’t overdo it. You want the interviewer to pay attention to you rather than trying to figure out what the overpowering fragrance is you are wearing.

Avoiding eye contact. When you avoid looking your interviewer in the eye, it makes you appear as if you have something to hide. It also makes you appear as if you are lacking confidence. If you do not believe in yourself, how do you expect a potential employer to believe in you? Practice making eye contact with people you know before going on your interview.

Remember that an interview is a process that can help you move into a rewarding job. Even if you don’t get the job, you can learn something during each interview you go on. Practice makes perfect. The more you interview, the better you will get at it!