Common Interview Mistakes

Job interviews are hard. When it comes to the interviewing there are a few big mistakes that people commonly make: arriving late, being unprepared, and talking too much. These mistakes can be easily avoided. In this article we will go over some of the ways you can avoid making these common interviewing blunders.

Arriving Late

One of the worst mistakes that you can make is showing up late to your interview. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but your interviewer (potentially your future employer) may take it as though you do not respect them or their company.

And who would want to hire someone like that? Sure, sometimes there are things that are out of your control that can make you late for your interview, but plan ahead. Make sure you leave some leeway for unforeseeable obstacles (i.e. a late bus or subway, traffic, etc.). Being on time for an interview shows that you have good time management skills. This is a skill that most every employer looks for. So do yourself a favor and show up 10 minutes early.

Business people talking in a small meeting

Being Unprepared

The second biggest mistake that you can make at an interview is not knowing anything about the company. This can be because you have been so busily applying to many different places that you have forgotten the ones you have already applied to. Well, good for you for being so keen. Unfortunately, your potential new employer can not appreciate this because they are unaware of it. They do know that you know nothing about their company though and are already looking at the next resume on the list. So before you go make sure to read up on the company you have applied for. Go to their website. Check out what the company’s goal or mission is. See what services or products they sell. Learn enough so that you have a good picture in your mind as to what this company is all about.

Talking Too Much

Talking too much is generally a sign of being nervous. Rambling does not impress anyone. If anything, it infuriates people. You do not want your interviewer to be annoyed with you as this lessens the chance of you being hired. If you think there is a chance that you will get nervous during your interview then try practicing your interview. With the information you have been able to dig up about the company, come up with a list of questions you think that they may ask you. Practice going over them with a stop watch. See how long it takes you to answer a question clearly and concisely. If you want, try videotaping yourself so that you can watch for any rambling. Being prepared is a sure fire way of making sure that you do not get so nervous and end up talking too much.