Key Things To Avoid During Your Next Interview

04 September, 2023

Attention Job Seekers! 

Re-vamped your CV, applied for the job and got the interview?

While most candidates impress with their skills and professionalism, there are a few common interview mistakes that can leave a lasting negative impression when you interview with a hiring manager.


Here are some key things to avoid during your next interview:

1️⃣ Arriving unprepared: Nothing says "lack of interest" more than a candidate who hasn't researched the company and the role they're applying for. Show your enthusiasm by doing your homework and coming prepared with some thoughtful questions that stretch beyond, "What's the salary?" or "What are the working hours?"

2️⃣ Overlooking soft skills: While technical abilities are essential, don't underestimate the value of soft skills. Employers look for candidates who can communicate effectively, work well in a team, and adapt to different situations.

3️⃣ Being late: Punctuality is a must. Arriving late to an interview sends a signal that you may not respect the interviewer's time or the importance of the opportunity. The old saying... 'if you aren't 5 minutes early, you're late!'

4️⃣ Bad-mouthing previous employers: This one is a fine line. It's perfectly fine discussing past experiences and reasons for moving on from past employers but it's important to remember to be professional when discussing negative experiences.

5️⃣ Asking about salary and benefits too early: While compensation is important, discussing it too early in the interview process can give the impression that money is your primary motivation.

6️⃣ Rambling in responses: Be concise and to the point when answering questions. Rambling can indicate a lack of clarity or confidence in your abilities. Keep to the STAR method when answering interview questions as it ensures you stay on track.

7️⃣ Lack of enthusiasm: Employers seek candidates who are genuinely excited about the opportunity. Show your enthusiasm and passion for the role during the interview.

8️⃣ Not asking questions: At the end of an interview, when asked if you have any questions, saying "no" can indicate a lack of interest or engagement.

Remember, interviews are not just about showcasing your skills and experience; they're also a chance to demonstrate your professionalism and cultural fit. By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can increase your chances of making a lasting positive impression on hiring managers.

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