11 Common Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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There are a number of reasons that a candidate lucks out of an interview. The qualifications, the experience or in the worst case the candidates are incompetent. But if you have the skills and the required experience, but still you are not able to make the cut, there must be something you are doing unwillingly during the interview that is turning the employer off.

Once you have heard from the employer through your well-formatted CV, it is time to start preparing for the interview. An interview is the most important hiring tools that the employers use to find the perfect fit for their organization.

So if you are looking forward for a job and you have an interview scheduled, make sure you come out shining without falling into the trap of some silly bloopers.


1.  Knowing Nothing about the Company


The technology has made it easier for everyone to learn about stuff. So, in an interview the interviewee expects you to come with some knowledge about the company and the industry you are seeking a job in. The basic research work that you are expected to do is to know what the company does and how would you contribute to the role.

If you are interviewing for a company that is in the consumer internet industry, you should try the products before you appear for the interview and if possible get yourself an account.


2.  Just Blabbering Answers


The biggest mistake that the candidates make in an interview is to answer every question, even if they do not have an answer. Just speaking anything that has no connection with the question the interviewer has put forward can leave him/her appalled.

It is better to not have an answer and use the opportunity to learn from them. You can go about framing the answer in a way that it conveys that you are not aware of the question that has been put up to you but you are open to learn. It is an impressive move!

[13 Common Interview Question and Answers]


3.  Discussing your Strengths and Weakness at a Stretch


You might questions like “what are your greatest strengths or weaknesses?”

Remember that when you have this question, you do not have to go on blabbering about your strengths and weaknesses. There is a way these questions should be handled. Neither the interviewer wants to hear that you are honest, team player out of the box thinker etc. nor they want stories that have no magnificent role to play.

Prepare to answer these questions in advance and you will know where to stop.

[Answer – “What Are Your Weaknesses“]


4.  Moaning About the Present Employer


Most candidates lose their cut when they start talking negative about their previous employers. This behaviour is completely unprofessional. No employer wants to hire you because their organization is a better place then where you were or are. Show them your excitement and new opportunities that the role brings to you, keeping aside how much you hate your present job.

[Behavioral Interview Questions and How to Answer Them]


5.  Speaking Mugged Up Answers


If you are speaking answers straight out of some random book you studied during the preparation for the interview, the interviewer will get to know that easily. When you are preparing for an interview, it does not mean that you have to mug up answers. It means that there is a way to prepare your unique answers that sets you apart from others.

So prepare, do not mug up your answers.


Some Basic Goof Ups to Avoid


Other than these, there are some basic goof ups that no one should ideally be making. These include:

6.  Dressing Sloppily

7.  Reaching the Interview Late

8.  Bad Body Posture

9.  Bad or Rude Behaviour with the Interviewer

10.  Sounding Arrogant or too Desperate

11.  Showing-up without any preparation

You might have been to a number of interviews before this one, but remember that is a different organization, a different role and requires you to be prepared from the scratch. Do not let these silly goof ups ruin the chances for you.


Always Remember!


A strong CV is capable of getting you an interview. Similarly, practicing for an interview can get you the job you have been waiting for so long. So, begin your job search with a completely professional CV that catches the attention of the employer at the first glance. This followed by your interview preparation and careful measures to avoid any pitfalls is what it takes to put you at the right position.

Make sure you do not end being the one who almost got the job and don’t forget to send thank you letter within 24 hours after the interview.

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About Akansha Arora

Akansha Arora is a professional writer and blogger who loves to pen down her views on a number of topics that interest a reader. A writer by day and a reader by night, her passion is to help readers in all aspects of job search and resume writing.

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