Common Interview Mistakes

Nerves can get the best of anyone when it comes to a job interview, but remembering to avoid the following mistakes can help a lot.

1. Don’t talk too much, don’t talk too little.

There is no need to answer a simple question with a fifteen-minute reply. Remember that you don’t really have the floor in the interview. Don’t interrupt, talk enough to answer the question then stop. However, don’t be so shy that you don’t give the interviewer enough information. Try to display a generally happy, outgoing personality without being too overwhelming.

2. Don’t be on time… Wait, what?

This means to BE EARLY. Chances are, you’re not the only interview they have that day. Being ahead of the schedule is good, especially if someone before you fails to show up. However, showing up too early might indicate that you have too much time on your hands. Try to be anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes early.

3. Don’t badmouth rival companies.

Many people think this will show pride in the company, but it really comes off as immature. The best way to show pride in the company is to RESEARCH. Find out everything you can about them, including things like locations, establishment dates, and the names of people high in the chain of command.

4. Speak the right body language.

Make eye contact with the interviewer most of the time. Don’t smile or laugh at inappropriate times, and give a strong handshake.

5. Do not ask about salary.

Employers don’t want to hire someone that is only interested in money. This will make them question your morale and work habits.

6. Failure to note your own abilities.

Not being able to emphasize your talents shows a lack of confidence and a low skill level. Some good attributes to have are the ability to work with others and follow deadlines. Do not, however, brag.

7. Dress appropriately.

This seems really obvious, but a lot of people get it wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re interviewing for a manager position at a high-end office, or a cashier at a supermarket, business dress is always the way to go. For adults, a suit and tie (females with a pencil skirt) is the best idea. Teenage males can get away with khaki pants and a button-up shirt, and teenage females with a dressy-casual outfit.

8. Do not check the time.

It will make you seem like you don’t want to be there, or have somewhere more important to be.

First impressions always last. With these mistakes out of the question, yours will be a great one.