10 Common Interview Mistakes

Draper Bowen

1. Unprepared

Going into an interview unprepared is a common interview blunder. Visit the company’s website to learn as much as you can about it before going on an interview. You want to learn as much as you can about the company and the position. Review the material ahead of time so that it is fresh in your mind. Never be unsure of what a company stands for or how they operate. When asked questions like, “What do you know about this company?” you won’t be left in the dark. You don’t have to remember every single detail. You should also have questions prepared to ask the interviewer when they ask if you have any questions. Asking questions demonstrates that you are interested and want to learn more. Questions reveal how you think.

2. Lack of Interest

When you show a lack of interest, you are not making eye contact, sitting up straight, and responding slowly to questions. It just doesn’t seem right not to be able to communicate why you’re interested in the job/company. You can’t persuade someone to give you a job if you don’t want it for yourself. Exhibiting enthusiasm demonstrates that you are passionate about the job and the company.

3. Inappropriate Attire

One of the most common interview mistakes is wearing inappropriate clothing. When attending an interview, always present a professional and well-dressed appearance. Inappropriate clothing, such as clothes that are too small, too tight, or way too big, should not be worn. Appearance is everything, and it is the first thing someone notices when they look at you. Believe me when I say that the interviewer notices how you arrive for the interview. Keep the Keep the perfume, cologne, and makeup to a minimum.

4. Don’t Bring Anything to Drink

If necessary, have a drink prior to the interview. It is extremely unprofessional to drink during an interview. Drinks can be a good distraction. Your main goal should be to leave a good impression. Concentrate on the questions being asked and maintain eye contact. The last thing you want is for a drink to spill.

5. A Lack of Resume Knowledge

When asked about your resume, be specific. Recreating your employment history on your resume for a specific position may cause confusion. For example, you could explain a previous position that isn’t even on your resume for a different job. Examine your resume to ensure you have the correct employment history. Incorrect work history makes it appear as if you are lying. Make it positionally correct. Bring a few extra copies of your resume in case you have more than one interviewer and need to refer to it for yourself.

6. Arriving Late

Arriving late creates a poor first impression. If you arrive late, the interviewer will believe you will be late for work. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Leaving your house early increases the possibility of unexpected mishaps on the road. Some interviewers will not even interview you if you are even a minute late. If you are interviewed after being late, apologize and explain why. Being late is disrespectful to the interviewer, and they will assume you do not value their time.

7. Unprofessionalism

Chewing gum or eating while interviewing is both disrespectful and unprofessional. Although it may appear to alleviate nervousness, it is not a good look and no one wants to hear you smacking. When asked about a previous company or manager, avoid using negative or inappropriate language. If you can bad mouth previous employers, it will be nothing to bad mouth a potential future employer if you leave on bad terms. It would be awkward to discover that the person or company you are disparaging is related to the interviewer or company. Working well with others, regardless of the circumstances, demonstrates a willingness to get the job done.

8. Too Much Talking

You never want to ramble on about things that have nothing to do with the question. Particularly personal matters. Avoiding answering the questions gives the impression that you did not understand the question. Understand the distinction between boasting and being self-assured. You should try to keep your responses to the point and within a three-minute time limit. No matter how relaxed the interview appears to be, keep it professional and not personal. Don’t tell your entire life story; instead, simply respond to the question.

Phone No. 9

Turn off your cellphone. The ringing of a cell phone is impolite and disruptive. A phone that vibrates makes it very tempting to answer. You want the interviewer to understand that your phone is not your number one priority. You are not permitted to answer or make phone calls during the interview, so keep it to a minimum ten. Poor listening skills

Don’t talk over the interviewer. You might miss the question if you’re talking. Don’t be that person who drifts off during an interview. Rest well to ensure that you are awake and alert. Distractions have an effect on your responses. Even when it appears that they are not paying attention, they are! How can you focus on the job if you can’t focus on the interview?