Interviews are not easy to come by nowadays so when you do have an interview it is so important to get it right, first time. Yet there are so many ways you can fail at an interview before you have even arrived! To ensure that you make your interview a success read on to find out our list of 5 epic job interview mistakes to avoid!
Not Preparing Answers To Potential Questions
By not preparing what you are going to say in answer to common interview questions you are setting yourself up for an epic interview fail! If you have no idea how to answer a simple question, or suffer from an embarrassing ‘blank’ moment, then you are not going to make yourself look like an excellent potential employee! Look up commonly asked interview questions and decide how best you could answer them. Prepare well, perhaps asking a friend to go through the questions with you. If you do feel as though you could have done better after your interview then all is not lost.
An article in The Telegraph had this great recommendation:
If you feel upon reflection you could have answered a question in a better way or failed to get an important achievement across, why not follow up with a letter thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterate your suitability for the post.
Having Poor Body Language
You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression and the fact of the matter is your body language is one of the first things an interviewer is going to pick up on.
An article in the Huffington Post highlighted just how important our body language is when it said:
Even before you speak, your interviewer will be absorbing non-verbal clues about you. You will be judged by how you stand, how you walk, how you shake hands, how you smile, and how you sit. That’s why it’s important to think about your body language.
Avoid slouching, frowning and crossing your arms as these are all examples of negative body language that could stop you from landing the job. Try not to stare at your interviewer, yet at the same time don’t let your eyes constantly wander whilst you are talking. Practise good body language techniques in front of a mirror in advance of your interview.
Arriving For Your Interview Late
In a recent article about how to prepare for a job interview we remind you that –
If you arrive to a job interview late you have basically blown your chance of a successful interview. By arriving late to such an important appointment you immediately make a prospective employer question your time keeping skills and you are unlikely to come across as taking the job seriously.
Aim to arrive around 15 minutes early to your interview, giving yourself plenty of time to find a parking space and then use your time to relax before your interview starts. Make the journey at least once before your interview so that you know exactly where the office is, ensuring that you won’t get lost on the day of your interview.
Failing To Do Your Research
Your interviewer is likely to ask you questions about what you know about their company and why you want to work for them. Being ill prepared will lead to you to have no idea how to answer such questions and this is not going to impress your interviewer. If they ask you why you want to work for their company they are going to want a better answer than you need the money! Failing to research the company’s website, mission statement and business plan might leave you in an awkward position on the day of your interview.
You should also re-read your CV before you go to your interview. By being sketchy about details in your CV you will leave the employer wondering whether what you wrote was really the truth!
Wearing The Wrong Clothing
One of the biggest job interview fails is also one of the easiest to avoid. Wearing the wrong clothing, or appearing overly casual or slovenly is a great way to tell your prospective employer that you do not care about yourself and in turn will not care about your job.
You should avoid wearing scruffy jeans, a badly ironed T-Shirt and dirty trainers to your interview. Instead wear a clean suit and tie, or blouse for the ladies, and always be clean and well presented. Make sure that you do not smell unpleasant and ensure that your hair does not look as though you just rolled out of bed! Always shower before your interview and avoid wearing any strongly scented perfumes.