What You Wish You Knew: Job Interviews [Infographic]

How many of you have come out of an interview thinking you wish you’d done something differently? Maybe something you said came out wrong, you forgot to say something you meant to say, or you saw the “weird” look your shoes got.

AOL Jobs writer David Schepp shared an infographic about what job seekers wished they had known before their job interview, based on a survey of 2,000 bosses (see here for his full analysis of the infographic). Take this information and use it for your next interview and you’ll come out satisfied in your performance.

Here are some highlights:

  • 33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone
  • Having little to no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake made during interviews (see: How To: Research The Company Before You Interview)
  • 67% of bosses say that failure to make eye contact is a common nonverbal mistake
  • When meeting new people, 55% of the impact comes from the way the person dresses, acts and walks through the door
  • 65% of bosses indicate that clothes could be a deciding factor between two almost-identical candidates (see: What To Wear To An Interview)
  • The number one question most likely to be asked is: “Tell me about yourself”
  • The number one most common mistake at a job interview is: failing to ask for the job

What do you think of these statistics? Have you ever made any of these mistakes in an interview?


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About the Author: Kate D’Amico is in her senior year at Virginia Tech where she is studying communications with an emphasis in public relations as well as psychology and special events management and marketing. She has prior internship experience in corporate communications and public relations for technology, nonprofit, and association clients. Follow Kate on Twitter!




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  • This is great information, thanks for sharing! As a staffing firm, we always stress to our candidates the importance of researching the company before the interview. Lack of knowledge about the position for which you are applying or about the company can truly ruin an interview.

    We also really focus on candidate presentation. We always tell our candidates it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, and that minimal makeup, cologne or perfume and jewlery is necessary.  

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  • guestK

    I like these points and will definitely use them, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to follow the advice to “Ask for the position.” How do you do that without being awkward/looking desperate? I guess I need some help in the follow through. 

    • You aren’t alone here… not at all. In an interview situation, the “ask for the job” isn’t necessarily a “Can I have this job?” or “So, are you going to hire me?” question. (In fact, we suggest you don’t phrase it that way).

      You could say: “From what I’ve learned today, I’m even more interested in this position and I’m ready to get started!”. Another suggestion is: “I’m very interested in joining your team. What are next steps?”

      These questions are far more effective than “Thank you for your time today.” or “I hope to hear from you, soon.” Compared with the first set of example responses, these two come across as insecure at worst, and half-interested at best.

      The idea is to leave the recruiter with a no-doubt impression that you are the right person for their position, and that you’re ready to start. You want that job… and you aren’t afraid to demonstrate some enthusiasm that will, in most cases, set you apart from the other candidates.

      • I had an interview that went over so well that I asked when I would be starting. Everyone was laughing and joking throughout so I’m not sure if this statement was taken seriously, but I did end up getting the job.

      • Thanks for clearing that up, Mark! I’ve always never known what to say at the end of an interview, and when it said “ask for the job” I was even more confused! Thanks!

      • guestK

        Thanks Mark!

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