The Most Common Interview Mistakes


The importance of making a good first impression in a job interview is widely known, so why are basic mistakes still being made? Here are the most common ones and how to avoid them.

1.Arriving late to the interview.

You should have planned ahead to make sure that there are no delays. The night before, set an alarm to make sure you wake up with enough time to get ready. Plan your journey to arrive ten minutes early and map your route so you don’t get lost.

2.Appearing uninterested.

You’ve made the decision that you were right for the job and decided to apply. So why the long face? No employer is going to hire you, if you look like you want to be anywhere but in the room with them. Sit up straight, look them in the eye and pay attention.

3.Dressing inappropriately.

Employers may set the dress code when offering you the interview. If they don’t, make a logical decision. In a professional interview such as banking, a suit is the best way to go. If it’s more business-casual, you can tone it down slightly but remain smart. If you’re still unsure, try to research current employees (they may have pictures of their website), see what they wear and dress one step up from them. Appearance isn’t everything but it certainly helps so make sure your dress appropriately for interviews!

4.Being too arrogant.

There’s nothing wrong with being confident in your abilities and what you have to offer but don’t overdo it. The employer will note your conceitedness, will think that you will be a hassle to the business and therefore pass you over for someone else. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

5.Not researching the business.

What employer is going to hire someone who knows nothing about their business? You don’t need to know everything, just have some knowledge of their biggest success, their competitors and other work they have done.

Plannig for an interview is the key to success, so make sure you’ve given yourself enough time to mentally prepare yourself!

The list of mistakes is endless and if you’re still unsure about interview etiquette, we at Key Personnel have an interview preparation service for all of our candidates. We have a team of specialists who are passionate about delivering a high quality service.


Published almost 3 years ago by Mary Hendry