What You Wish You Had Known BEFORE the Interview [Infographic]

Nearly every time, we leave the job interview wishing we had done something different: provided a better answer to a specific question, researched a critical topic more thoroughly, or ironed the front and back of the shirt so we could take the suit jacket off instead of sitting there sweating.

And sometimes, we leave the job interview thinking, “I had no idea THAT would be a serious issue!” or “Who knew they cared so much about ______?” For instance:

  • 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
  • 67% of bosses say that failure to make eye contact is a common nonverbal mistake
  • 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

Take the information shown in this classic infographic from ClassesandCareers.com and use it for your next interview. Then, as you leave the building, you’ll most likely come out saying “I knew THAT would be asked” and, even more important, “I nailed that one!”


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



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