If you plan correctly and are aware of some of the most common mistakes people make at interview you can put yourself ahead of the competition and really make the most of your opportunity to impress.
Not listening to the question – If you don’t listen to the question correctly you could end giving the wrong details and a whole lot of irrelevant information. If you don’t understand or don’t hear the question properly it is perfectly ok to ask the interviewer to repeat it.
Discrediting others or badmouthing former employers and colleagues. -
Exaggerating events and achievements – there is a fine line between being aware and able to demonstrate the skills you used and part you played in the success of something and boasting or over exaggerating, running the risk of just sounding like a salesman.
Lying or telling the interviewer what you think they want to hear. Its the quickest way to sabotage yourself. Many interviewers are trained to pick up on this immediately and will ask you follow up questions to help you shoot yourself in the foot.
Not having prepared answers to key interview questions. If you take too long to give an answer or use umms ahhs and other delaying tactics it looks like you are trying to make up an answer on the spot.
Using slang or being over familiar with your interviewer – no matter how friendly they seem you must stay professional
Using too much jargon runs the risk of your interviewer not knowing what you’re talking about and can be really annoying to people. Sometimes a bit of jargon is inevitable especially in certain roles but pick your audience.
Asking about money at the first chance available. It can make you sound like your only about the money and it is possible your interviewer will not be aware of the salary the company is looking to pay. You should be able to answer the salary question if you are asked but not be the one to bring it up. If you are going through a recruiter, they will have the salary conversation for you.
Not having any relevant questions ready to ask your interviewer. Interviewers will always ask this at the end of the interview and will be impressed if you have some intelligent questions ready. Please watch our video – the questions you should be asking at interview for some great examples.
If you’ve made any of these mistakes in the past, don’t be hard on yourself. They really are the most common but now you are aware of them they should be easy to avoid.