Common Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve searched long and hard to find good job opportunities. You’ve submitted your resume and cover letter. Now it’s time for a job interview, and you want to impress. Knowing common interview mistakes can help you interview with confidence, make a good impression on your potential employer, and leave with the job offer you want.

1. Dressing inappropriately. You have to make a positive impression on your potential employer, and there’s nothing you can do if you leave the house dressed inappropriately. Dress conservatively, with subdues colors, and limited jewelry. Women should wear low heels. Practice proper hygiene, and make sure not to wear any strong colognes or perfumes. Find a bathroom, and check yourself in the mirror once you’ve arrived at your job interview.

2. Being late. Use an online map service to get driving directions. Make sure you allow enough time to get to your employment interview, and leave yourself some time to get a little lost or find parking. Don’t cut it close! This is too important. Better yet, ask the employer for directions, because after all, they probably know best. Who knows, it might impress them that you’re thinking ahead.

3. Showing nerves. You don’t have to be an award winning actor to hide some of your job interview jitters. Smile. Make eye contact with your potential employer. Respond directly to questions. Sit up straight, and focus. Impress the interviewer with your positive energy and enthusiasm.

4. Indulging habits. Don’t smoke and don’t chew gum. These activities may be comforting to you, but they won’t impress your potential employer, and that should be your only focus today.

5. Not knowing yourself. Know your own strengths and weaknesses. After all, you’re the expert in this area of the interview. If you don’t know yourself, or can’t convey your strengths, why would an interviewer hire you? Conversely, know your weaknesses, because if they ask, you want to be able to answer quickly, spin them into positives, and move on from there.

6. Not doing research. You have to put in the effort before you step into the interview. Know the companies mission, know its goals, and know your interviewers. Be ready to tailor your answers to show that you can help this specific company or interviewer achieve success.

7. Shyness. Be forward. After the interview is over, don’t be afraid to ask what the next step is in getting the job. It’s the only way you’re going to advance in this process.