Top 14 Mistakes to Avoid During Interviews

Job interviews are a nerve-wracking experience for most people. But for some, the fear of interviewing can be so great that they make common mistakes that can cost them the job. In order to make sure you don’t blow your chance at getting the job you want, it is important to be aware of the top 14 mistakes to avoid during interviews. This way, you can prepare yourself for any unexpected questions and be confident in your answers.

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Let’s get down to our list!

1. Not Preparing Beforehand

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A lot of people don’t bother to research the role they are interviewing for, assuming that a little bit of knowledge is enough. But being prepared and knowing as much as possible about the job will help you impress the interviewer and show that you’re really dedicated to the role.

Going into an interview unprepared means you’re more likely to stumble over your words and come across as unqualified.

2. Bad Mouthing Your Previous Employer

No matter how much you disliked your old job, there is no place for bad mouthing in an interview. Even if you feel like the company didn’t treat you well, it doesn’t reflect well on you to talk negatively in an interview. Instead, focus on the positive things you took away from the job and how it helped you grow professionally. Frame issues that arose as challenges you overcame.

3. Not Being On Time

Showing up late to an interview is not just bad manners, it also sends the message that you don’t take the job seriously and are unreliable. If there is any chance of being delayed, make sure to contact the interviewer and let them know. To do otherwise is a surefire way to lose the job.

4. Not Asking Questions

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Not having questions prepared shows that you’re not really interested in the job, which is why it’s important to do your research and come up with some thoughtful questions to ask. Doing this will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role and make sure that your interviewer remembers you.

5. Not Saying Anything Original

Practicing your answers is important, but make sure to avoid regurgitating the same old clichéd answers. Instead, be sure to highlight your unique experiences and show how they will benefit the company you’re applying for. Sounding polished is great but sounding like yourself is even better and certainly not at the expense of having something substantive to say.

6. Lack of Depth in Your Responses

When answering questions, it’s important to take your time and answer each question thoughtfully. Make sure to give examples and provide evidence of your skills and experience. Show the interviewer that you have the right attitude for the job by being articulate in your answers.

7. Talking Too Quickly

Make sure to take your time and speak slowly. If you’re too nervous, it’s easy to rush your answers and not give enough detail or information. Speak clearly and calmly, so that the interviewer can understand what you’re saying.

8.  Not Paying Attention to Body Language

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Your body language can say a lot about how interested and engaged you are in the job. Make sure to sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and give sincere responses to show the interviewer that you’re serious about being considered for the role.

9.  Not Dressing the Part

How you dress for an interview can leave a lasting impression on the interviewer. Make sure to wear clothes that are appropriate for the job and that make you feel comfortable, confident, and ready to impress. And remember, even if you’re having a virtual interview or on a video conference call, it pays to dress the part!

10.   Trying Too Hard to Be Funny

Humor is a great way to break the ice and show your personality in an interview, but try not to overdo it. Make sure that your jokes are appropriate for the situation and don’t detract from what you’re saying. Remember, this isn’t a comedy club; save the standup routine for another time.

11.  Playing on Your Phone

It goes without saying that playing on your phone during an interview is a definite no-no. Not only does it show disrespect to the interviewer, but also indicates that you’re not taking the process seriously. Keep your phone turned off and out of sight until after the interview has finished – even if you’re interviewing remotely.

12.   Not Taking Notes

Surviving an interview is a lot easier when you take notes. This will help you remember important points and follow up questions that may arise during the conversation. Plus, it’s always a good idea to jot down any key information or instructions that your interviewer has given you.

13.  Not Doing Your Research

It’s important to do your research before the interview. Read up on the company and the role, so that you can impress your interviewer with your knowledge of the organization and how you plan to fit in. This will help you stand out from other applicants and show that you are genuinely interested in the job. Make sure you know the interviewer’s name (and its correct pronunciation) as well.

14.   Not Following Up

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Once you’ve gone through the interview process, make sure to follow up with a thank you note. It will show that you appreciate their time and thoughtfulness in considering you for the role.

Avoid These Mistakes and Increase Your Chances of Landing the Gig

Job interviews can be intimidating but by being aware of these common mistakes, you can make sure to avoid them and ace your interview. Or, at the very least, put your application and resume at the top of the consideration pile.

Good luck!