“Everyone makes mistakes oh yes they do. Your sister and your brother and your dad and mother too. Big people, small people, matter of fact: all people, everyone makes mistakes oh yes they do.” ~Big Bird.
Job interview mistakes are bound to happen. But if you can avoid the most common mistakes, you’ll prove that you’re ahead of your competition.
Most Common Job Interview Mistakes:
The most basic, but still most common mistake is a lack of preparation. Don’t just research questions and answers. Research the company. Research common behaviors. Research your job description and the tasks you expect to do. Prepare in every way, and you’ll be more likely to get the job.
Failing to Take a Question Seriously
Every single question matters. If you’re asked “how do you like the weather?” you should have an answer. If you’re asked “what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” you should be able to answer both. Don’t take a single question for granted.
You also don’t want to be seen as a negative person. Don’t badmouth your old job or your old boss. Always sound positive and upbeat, so that the interviewer sees you as a joy to work with.
Lying On a Resume
How can lying on a resume affect a job interview? Chances are if you lie on your resume you will be caught during the interview. Remember, your ability to ace an interview and avoid mistakes starts before you ever step foot in the interview room.
Asking No Questions
It’s also very uncommon for applicants to ask no questions, because they don’t want to sound like they don’t understand things. Avoid that temptation. Ask questions, and if you’re not sure if you’ll have questions, come up with some good questions beforehand. Download our FREE eBook on the Top 20 Questions You Should Ask At An Interview.
Finally make sure you’re always paying attention. There is a tendency to drift off when you’re nervous. Stay focused. Preparation and mock interviews will help you avoid some of the anxiety that causes you to drown out the interviewer.
Avoiding Mistakes – The Key to Success
Lots of applicants make mistakes. In some cases, simply avoiding mistakes may be enough to help you get the job. You can overcome any mistake with some excellent answers, but if you can also avoid mistakes you’ll set yourself up to get hired.
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