Avoid These 5 Mistakes In An Interview

Lack of preparation

It’s the classic line. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Preparation is critical in all types of interviews, entry or senior. It’s important to research the necessary areas the interviewer is looking for. This could include their industry, USP’s, recent company achievements, procedures within the job, anything that shows that you’ve your due diligence and understanding of the role you’re interviewing for. If you cannot do that, do you really believe that the organisation will see potential in you to succeed?

Rushing and waffling your answers

Being calm under pressure is always the biggest win! Taking your time and thinking through your answers instead of a rushed response is key. The interviewer is looking for quality, not quantity! Remember not to go off tangent or the need to keep on talking. Once you’ve answered the question clearly and concisely, let them move on to the next question.

Talking negatively about your past jobs

It’s never wise to complain about your past jobs. Whatever happened in the past that left you with a negative feeling towards that company, never bring it up to a hiring manager! Put yourself in their shoes, they might look at it like you were the problem at your old job and not the other way around.

Presenting a poor first impression

Good shake and eye contact, that is the most important thing. It’s the first thing they will notice when you meet, and it’s the first thing they will think about when reviewing your interview. The next is building rapport. Paying attention to the hiring manager and trying to build a connection with them is great. Small talk before and after the interview will definitely help you with this.

Not asking questions at the end of the interview

Don’t miss this opportunity to finish the interview on a high. You should never reply “no” if they ask if you have any questions. This is your very last chance to leave a good impression. It allows the hiring manager to gauge your level of interest and commitment to secure the role. If you don’t have any good questions, it will clearly show you as an individual with no curiosity, engagement or drive.