Ask anyone who has survived a recent job search. It is tough to earn an invitation to a job interview. Becoming one of the few candidates who do rather than being part of the usually gigantic crowd of job applicants is a major victory. Unfortunately, too many job candidates blow their interview opportunities, wasting all that time and effort. How do they blow it? By making some serious, yet often subtle, job interview mistakes.
10 Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid
If you manage to score that interview for your dream job, you don’t want to be disqualified because of an avoidable mistake during the one-on-one with HR or the hiring manager. Especially when that mistake (or mistakes, plural) could have been avoided. Some mistakes are obvious. Avoiding those mistakes are easy. Showing up on time and making sure you’re prepared, for example. But others can be more subtle and require a bit more effort.
Demonstrate your interest in the company and the job. Know the job you are interviewing for and why you want the job. Dress appropriately. Turn off your cell phone and focus your attention on the interview and the interviewers. Ask intelligent questions that indicate you have done some research, but do not ask a question that could be answered in 30 seconds with a Google search or a peek at their website’s homepage.
This infographic from YourBestDesignedCareer.com can help you avoid the top ten most egregious mistakes. Mistakes like:
- Arriving too early
- Expressing a less than positive attitude
- Focusing on “me” too much (or too little)
- Getting too focused on results (or not enough)
Sure, this all sounds simple. But once in front of an interviewer, with your immediate future at stake, the pressure mounts. And mistakes happen. Enough mistakes, and our outlook changes.
Do your best to avoid these errors. You’ll have a much shorter job search, and also a much more fulfilling career.