5 Biggest Interview Mistakes

Every person, whether an interviewer or a jobseeker, likes to feel important and respected.  Some of the biggest interview mistakes have the effect of making the interviewer feel that the candidate is not interested in joining their company.

Avoid these top 5 mistakes to ensure that your interviewer does not dismiss you as candidate unsuited to the job.

1. Showing Up Late

Remember, first impressions are often the most impactful, so never turn up late for the interview – the interviewer will regard your tardiness as a reflection of your lack of punctuality and question your ability to turn up on time for work.

2. Not Researching Enough About the Position

Reading up about the company and about the position through the company’s website is simply insufficient. Be as prepared as you can be – over preparation is often the best way to ace interviews.

Conduct a thorough research on the company’s background, value propositions, clients, milestones, products, values, services and potential opportunities and also research on the competitive landscape of the industry that the firm operates within.

Your interviewer is likely to interpret your arduous research methods as a reflection of your diligence and strong abilities to add value to the firm.

3. Not Knowing Why You Want the Job

Be enthusiastic in your responses during the interview; a lack of enthusiasm is a sure-fire way to lose the job. Highlight to the interviewer why your background and skill set make you an excellent fit for the job and why the company and the position appeals to you.

Ensure that you do not convey that you are just applying for the position for its tangible benefits or as a result of casting as wide a net as possible in your career search.

4. Appearing Unprofessional

One way to appear unprofessional is in your attire. Make sure that you turn up for the interview in appropriate professional attire that shows respect for your interviewer.

Another mistake would be to criticize previous co-workers or bosses. Interviewers take such behaviours as red flags indicating you are a complainer or someone who doesn’t work well with others. 

Strive to give the impression that you’re a professional and capable team player who will fit in well with the firm’s culture.

5. Not Following Up

Regardless of what you perceive your interview performance to be, sending a post-interview thank you note is just good manners and reflects positively on your high standards of professionalism. It is also an excellent way to reiterate your strongest selling points and to express your desire for the position.