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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