When recalling highlights of all-time worst interviews, many human resources management employers agree on several most common interviewee blunders. As people interview for jobs, it’s common to feel nervous or worry about making mistakes; however, don’t let these simple but common goofs get between you and your dream job.
- Wore your favorite vacation outfit.
Research what might be specifically appropriate for an interview in your field, but remember that a serious suit shows that you are a serious candidate. If you are equal to the other candidates but you are the only one to dress appropriately, you will probably be first in line for the job.
- Forgot the first rule of Boy Scouts.
Be prepared and do your homework on the company and the job before you interview. Be ready for any question. This will show that you are competent and will also help you be more confident.
- Hovered somewhere between a motor mouth and a one-word-wonder.
You only have a limited amount of time to interview, so use it well. Don’t let yourself ramble, and don’t give answers that are too short. Converse with confidence and be natural. Look for nonverbal cues from the interviewer, respond accordingly and use common sense.
- Figured you’d nail it without practicing.
Do several practice interviews before you go. This will help you feel more at ease and come across much more strongly.
- Neglected to have hygiene in check.
Make sure you are clean. Don’t pick your nose or sniff your arm pits just because you think no one is watching. Sometimes they are.
- Spoke before thinking.
Many people blurt when they’re nervous. Don’t let inappropriate, gross, or overly personal stories exit your mouth. Stay focused and keep it professional.
- Channeled Pinocchio.
Never, ever lie. Ever. It may seem tempting, but it always comes back to bite you in the end.
- Badmouthed everyone who’d ever done you wrong.
This is not the time to reveal your list of grievances against former employers, coworkers, or anyone. Don’t speak ill of anyone. If you feel something negative from the past relates to the interview in a relevant way, find a polite, professional way to say it without being mean. For example, instead of saying “I hate my former coworkers,” say that you’re accustomed to dealing with challenging personalities and you always try to get along with everyone so things run smoothly in the business.
- Felt too at home.
If an employer’s environment or personality seems ultra-relaxed, don’t be fooled. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be completely and absolutely professional at all times. Do relax, but don’t get let business decorum slip.
- Went radio-silent.
Write a nice thank you letter to your interviewer and follow up appropriately. Always thank people for their time and the opportunity to interview.
Remember to come prepared, have a nice resume, dress well, and keep your wits about you and you’re sure to let your best talents and qualities shine through. If nothing else, you’ll easily distinguish yourself from other interviewees who make these common blunders.