Top 7 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

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Have you got an interview coming up? Make sure that you avoid these top 7 interview mistakes!

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1. Arriving late

This immediately sets a bad impression suggesting that you may be disorganised, a poor time-keeper or that you don’t care about the opportunity. Do everything in your power to make sure that you arrive on time:

  • Allow for travel delays
  • Do a practice run
  • Know where you’re going

If you are running late, be sure to ring ahead and let your interviewer know.

2. A flimsy handshake

This just doesn’t make a good first impression. A strong handshake (don’t go overboard) will show that you are confident.

3. Not looking the part

What you wear to an interview is super important! You need to look the part – that is, the interviewer needs to be able to see you fitting in well with the company. Some online research should be able to give you a good idea of the company brand and their dress code.

TIP: Did you know that even the colours you wear can have a big impact on what the interviewer thinks. Discover the best colours for your interview outfit here. 

4. Being nervous

So, it may be a little unfair to class nerves as an interview mistake but if you seem very nervous you’re just not going to make a great impression. The good news is we have a few techniques to help you combat those interview nerves.

5. Not having done enough research

In our digital age, you have no excuse for not having done your research. Find out everything you can about the company (and even the interviewer). This way, you’ll be ready for the common “Why do you want to work here?” question and you’ll be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the opportunity.

6. Appearing uninterested

So you can feel that the interview is drawing to a close and you’re feeling pretty positive, then the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions?”. Answering “no” may suggest that you’re just not that interested in the opportunity. You need to show that you are enthusiastic about the role and the best way to do this is to have a number of questions prepared. Here are 6 things that you could ask.

7. Not requesting feedback

If you do receive bad news following an interview, remember that your efforts have not gone to waste! Get something back by requesting interview feedback. This way, you’ll be able to improve for next time.

Interview success isn’t easy, but by avoiding these interview mistakes you’ll certainly improve your chances. Good luck!

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