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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

7 Common Interview mistakes you should avoid

Here are the most basic interview mistakes that can cost you your next job. 

1) Whining about your present or previous employment

Whatever you do, avoid speaking junk about your previous manager, partner, or workplace. Your prospective employer is definitely not looking for a whiner with a complaining attitude. Always try to stay away from bad vibes and keep the conversation positive.

2) Lying

Lying during a job interview is a big no-no as there’s a good chance that you will get caught, since many employers will conduct background checks. Yet, candidates still do it, and when they get caught, not only they won’t get the job, they will have wasted everyone’s time, and burned a bridge for the future.

3) Dressing inappropriately

Wearing clothes that are too tight or too loose, too dressy or too casual, or wearing brands and logos in professional settings is a bad sign. Check out the company’s career page and social media profiles for photos of employees and events, and you’ll be able to get a sense of their culture and dress code. Either way, though, business casual is a good way to go, as it ensures you’ll be presentable and professional looking.

4) Not making eye contact

Meeting the interviewer’s gaze is essential to making a good impression. failing to make eye contact is one of the biggest body language mistakes job candidates make. This could be because not looking someone in the eye can appear as if you’re trying to hide something and are therefore untrustworthy.

5) Not asking questions

At some point the interviewer is going to ask, “Would you like to ask any questions?” and your reply should not be “NO”.
At this point, a lot depends on what has been covered already in the interview, but typically, you should have questions prepared beforehand or else question about something that was discussed till now. It speaks volume about your professionalism and ambition and lets hiring managers know that you are a serious candidate.

6) Answering a cell phone or text during the interview

One of the fastest ways to ruin a job interview is to answer a call or text in the middle of it. Checking your phone during an interview sends the message that you don’t take the interview seriously and shows a lack of respect for your interviewer and his or her time. Take temptation out of the way entirely by turning your phone off or silencing it before you start the interview.

7) Not doing your home work

The most common complaint from hiring managers is that candidates don’t do their research about the role and the company. Hiring managers want enthusiastic people who show initiative, and the best way to demonstrate this during an interview is to come prepared. This doesn’t mean you must become an expert in everything the company has ever done, but you should have enough information to ask questions and to demonstrate how you might add value.

There you go. Most common interview mistakes that can cost you the job. Good luck!

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