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9 Mistakes Made In An Interview

Common Job interview mistakes and how to avoid them

What you do during a job interview is regarded as a sample of your work. Everything you do during the span of interview is being judged because they don’t know you. It is important to show them that you would be a great hire for the organization. However, it's easy to make mistakes without even realizing it and many of them are more common than you might think. One must take time to prepare before their interview so that you don't stress out and create blunders.

  1. Arriving late: Did you know that you can make a bad first impression before you even arrive at your interview? Running late not only suggests poor time management skills, but shows a lack of respect for the company, the position, and even your interviewer. Go the extra length to make sure that you aren't late, and arrive on time, or even early. Budget your time so that you make it to the interview five to ten minutes early. That way, if something unforeseen comes up on your way over to your interview, you'll have some cushion time.

  2. Dressing inappropriately: As cliché as it may sound but first impression is truly the last impression. The way you dress and present yourself at the interview will show your willingness and commitment to the job. Often people glam up overly by wearing bright and flashy colors. It is important to dress up in a sober manner and be professional with the selection of attire.

  3. Having a negative Body language: If you never smile, have a limp handshake, and don’t make eye contact with the with the interviewer, you’ll come across as underconfident, nervous or uninterested. One must look into the eye while speaking, have a firm handshake and show interest and enthusiasm. This tells a lot about a person and how confident he is.

  4. Not knowing anything about the company: Don't let your potential employer stump you with the question, "What do you know about this company?" It's one of the most common and easiest question, if only you do some research before the interview. Background information includes company history, locations, divisions and a mission statement which can be easily accessed in the "About Us" section on most company websites. Review it ahead of time and also check the company's social media handles and LinkedIn page to get better insight.

  5. Boasting too much: Sometimes interviewee gets carried away and they start exaggerating to make an impression. Praising the company should be done carefully and be thought through in advance. Needless to say, you should always refrain from praising yourself.

  6. Rushing your answer: Take your time as the more you think through your response, the better it will be. It’s natural in an interview to feel nervous. However, the interviewer is more interested in the quality of your answer, not the speed of your response. They will also likely be looking for someone who is calm under pressure, so take your time and think through your response to get ahead.

  7. Talking too much: There is nothing much worse than interviewing someone who goes on and on. The interviewer really doesn't need to know your whole life story. Keep your answers up to the point and focused and don't ramble simply answer the question. Don't get side-tracked and start talking about your personal life. No matter how warm, welcoming, or genial your interviewer may be, an interview is a professional situation not a personal one.

  8. Lack of preparation: Sadly, failing to prepare, really is a case of preparing to fail. While you never know exactly what will be asked, you should certainly have thought about a response to the key interview questions you could be ask. Further, not demonstrating a basic knowledge of the role or providing clear examples of your past performance makes it seem like you just rolled in after only glancing at the company’s website. Interviewers tend to ask the same fundamental questions about your background, skills, interest in the company and why you think it’s a good fit. At minimum, read up on the company and prepare a few anecdotes about projects you successfully completed.

  9. Focusing too much on oneself: Talking endlessly about what you want, how this job is the direction you want to go in your career, and how the experience would be great for you is meaningless to an interviewer. Companies hire you because you have traits and skills that will help them achieve their goals. Use your responses to illustrate how you can be of service to the hiring manager.

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