5 Major Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid

Do you have an upcoming interview to prepare for? If so, it is likely that you also suffer from the pre-interview jitters. The best way to counter interview-related anxiety is to prepare, prepare, prepare. Of course, it goes without saying that you should practice for your interview performance, but one area you need to pay special attention to is the subject of what not to do in an interview. It's not enough to do the right things in an interview; you should also avoid doing the wrong things. So, just what are those wrong things? Here are five major interview mistakes you should avoid:

Not being prepared.
Before you go into your interview, you should research the company thoroughly. You need to know exactly what the company is about, what the company history is, and what specific business model and vision the company adheres to. That way, you can actively participate in discussions about the company with your interviewer. This shows initiative, interest, and preparedness on your part.

Not asking questions. 
It is inevitable that the interviewer will ask if you have any questions at the end of the interview. You need to have some questions to ask. Not asking questions makes you appear to be either disinterested or a lazy thinker.

Sure, you want to answer questions thoroughly and accurately, but you don't want to run on unnecessarily. Focus on providing clear, concise answers, and keep the flowery language to a minimum. While it is important not to sit there like a bump on a log, talking too much can make you appear to be nervous and insecure about your ability to handle the job.

Arriving late
This may seem like a no-brainer, but what many people don't understand is that arriving at exactly the time of the interview may be perceived as a late arrival by interviewers. Employers are looking for go-getters. Show your enthusiasm by showing up for your interview ten to fifteen minutes early.

Not focusing on your appearance.
While it is true that looks aren't everything, they certainly mean a lot when it comes to making first impressions. An interview is one occasion where you need to pay attention to every last detail when it comes to attire, grooming, and cleanliness. Call the office beforehand and ask the secretary what the dress code is, and then choose an outfit that is one notch up from that. Make sure your nails are manicured, your hair is neatly done, and your clothing is ironed. Shine your shoes and wear sensible accessories. The details matter; get them right.

You worked hard to secure that interview. Now, do everything you can to make the best of it by avoiding these major interview blunders.

About the Author: Alex Spyrakos is a recruitment specialist who has seen it all in terms of good and bad job interviews. When he's not working he can be found searching the web for top Chicago deals and discounts he can use to entertain his family.



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