Common Interview Mistakes That You Must Avoid

26 Nov, 2017

The job market is highly competitive and landing an interview is an opportunity that you must fully exploit if you want to get the job.

Interviews can be nerve wrecking and prior preparation is crucial. We have prepared a list of common interview mistakes that you must avoid and related advice to help you prepare better for your interview.

 

Being Unprepared

Preparation encompasses almost everything that we are going to touch on in this list. It means researching the organization, practicing common interview questions and putting in order all the paperwork that you need to present, among others.

You want to come across as a well put together candidate that put in the necessary work to secure the job. Remember, interviewers will be on the lookout for the slightest fault and you do not want the failure to prepare to be your undoing.

Inappropriate Dressing

Appropriate dressing varies from one industry to another. Find out what the professional dress code is for your role. Generally, you are expected to be well groomed. Avoid casual wear, extremely bright colors and dramatic makeup and jewelry.

The trick is to be comfortable, clean and neat.

Arriving Late

Arriving late or too early for the interview can both harm your chances of getting the job. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Research the location of the interview, if you do not know where it is, be sure to ask.

If you realize that you will not be able to make it on time, call the organizers and let them know that you will be late. Arriving in time is one way to make a good first impression.

Being Distracted

The interview is your opportunity to prove to the hiring team that you are the best candidate for the job. This means that all your focus and attention must be directed towards the interviewers. One trick to ensuring that you are alert for your interview is to be well rested. If you feel tired, a coffee might help.

Listen attentively to the questions and stay engaged by asking relevant questions. It is also important to use non-verbal cues that indicate that you are interested in the interview process. These can include maintaining eye contact, nodding, smiling, and slightly leaning forward.

Over Talking and Asking Irrelevant Questions

You do not have to go on and on to prove that you are knowledgeable about a subject. Keep your answers short and concise and your examples should be relevant to the question asked.  Think critically before responding to a question. Make a list of some of the questions you anticipate to be asked and practice your answers.

Here is a list of the most common interview questions that you can use to practice.

When given an opportunity to ask questions, make sure that your questions are relevant. Avoid questions that relate to salary and benefits. Prepare a short list of questions to ask before the interview. The interviewers expect you to be interested in the organization and asking questions about the organization’s work, and even what the interviewers’ roles entail can be a way to earn extra points.

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