Mistakes to Avoid During Job Interviews

Veola Zeller By Veola Zeller, 26th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Job interviews can be difficult, especially if you don’t take enough time to prepare. We have a list of mistakes to avoid during an interview. Take a look!


Job interviews can be nerve-wrecking. In today’s competitive job market, making a good first impression is crucial in landing a job. You can have all the skills required for the open position – if you don’t look professional and ask the right questions, there’s a good chance you won’t be called back.

Take some time to prepare, research the firm and figure out if you will be a good fit with the company. This way, it’s likely you will look more confident and focused. Below you have some mistakes to avoid during a job interview. Read on.

Being late

This one should go without saying. Make sure you arrive 5 minutes early. Look up the location of the company and plan a route beforehand, to avoid getting lost.

Dressing inappropriately

Whether we’re talking about a face-to-face interview or via Skype, dressing appropriately is key when it comes to making a favorable first impression. Even if the interviewer or recruiter tells you it’s OK to dress casual, showing up in shorts or flip-flops won’t earn you any bonus points. Also, make sure that your outfit isn’t wrinkled and there aren’t any suspicious stains on it.

Not doing your research

Research the company before the interview. Candidates look unprepared and unenthusiastic if they have no clue about what the firm does or what values it promotes. By knowing details about the company’s activity you will be able to give a better answer to the question “Why do you think you would enjoy working here?”

Appearing desperate

Claiming that you can take on any tasks or solve any problems that might come up without help or training raises a red flag with your interviewer. It makes you look desperate. It suggests that you would do anything to get hired right away, even if you don’t have the necessary skills or experience. Lying is another huge mistake to avoid during a job interview. The truth will come out eventually.

Looking too confident/nervous

Shaking, mumbling your words and avoiding eye contact aren’t recommended. Take a few minutes to collect your thoughts before going in. On the other hand, over-selling yourself is also considered bad practice. An interview should be a conversation, not a sales pitch. If you get focused on showcasing your abilities it’s possible you will forget to ask questions to learn if the job is even a good fit for you.

Not having proper answers ready

Figure out what salary you are expecting, if you are willing to take any pre-employment tests and be ready to name your biggest strength/weakness. Here are some other common questions you might be asked. Make sure to have go-to answers to all of them before showing up for the interview.

Slamming your old job/boss

When asked about your reason for changing jobs, avoid saying negative things about the former boss or place of employment. You will leave a bad impression. The interviewer might also assume you are a complainer.

Talking about salary too soon

It’s natural to ask about salary, benefits and vacation time. However, make sure not to bring up these subjects too soon. Give the interviewer the opportunity to get to know you before talking about money.

Not having any questions

Candidates are usually encouraged to ask questions during the interview, but few choose to take advantage of this opportunity. Show that you are really interested in the company by preparing a list of relevant questions to ask your interviewer.

Avoiding these common mistakes will give you an edge over other candidates applying the job. Don’t forget to thank your interviewer for his/her time and always follow up. Good luck!


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author avatar Veola Zeller
Veola Zeller is a blogger based in New Mexico. Her many interests include sustainable living, gardening and romance books. Avid Need for Speed player.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
26th Nov 2013 (#)

Good advice, Veola. Thanks so much for sharing.

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author avatar Legend
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Great advice, as an interviewer - everything you say is 100% correct!

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