Interview Mistakes that Candidates Make

Interview candidates make the same mistakes over and over again.  In some cases, seemingly small errors can leave the employer with an inaccurate perception of you.  By becoming aware of common mistakes, you are able to avoid them and ensure that the employer  stays focused on your relevant skills and experience:

Appearing disinterested.  Employers want to hire a candidate who is enthusiastic about the job.  If you seem arrogant or disinterested during the interview, the employer will conclude that you either have a bad attitude or that you don’t care.

Not doing research.  If you are interviewing for a job, there is an expectation that you have done some research on both the company and the position.  If it becomes apparent that you are not prepared, the employer will quickly lose interest in you.

Not providing specific examples.  Candidates that are vague in their answers are labeled as weak by employers.  If you only give general explanations and fail to provide specific examples, the employer will come to the conclusion that you are either being evasive or that you are exaggerating your level of experience.  Allow the employer to picture you doing the job.

Being negative.  Often the interviewer will ask you questions that almost invite you to speak badly about a previous manager or colleague.  Don’t take the bait.  Remember, it’s you on trial here, not your manager or co-worker.  Anything that you say will reflect negatively on you, even if you’re right.

When it comes down to it, your success at job interviews depends on two things; preparation and attitude.  If you’re positive, enthusiastic and you do your homework, you will be offered a job in no time.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)


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