Biggest Mistakes Candidates Make in a Job Interview

Individuals who have been searching for a job since long, actually knows how it feels when called for an interview. It is worth an achievement and confidence within yourself. The journey from becoming one of the few “job applicants” from the usual enormous crowd of “job candidates” is a major victory.

Often people feel that as there can be a huge number of candidates for a particular interview so they are just wasting their time and effort. But this is absolutely not true, one should never assume that the job offer is “in their hand” simply because you were invited for an interview!

Mistakes made during or at the time of the interview could cost you a job offer. One must put their best foot forward and also avoid making blunders. One should avoid making the following deadly mistakes while appearing for a job interview, according to recruiters:

Not well Prepared

One must approach a job interview as you would go for a test. It is always good to know the job you are being interviewed for and why you want the job. The interviewer should not sense that you are not interested in the given job role.

Negative Body Language

Communication goes beyond words. When sitting in for an interview it is important to make eye contact with the interviewer while listening and speaking. One must offer a firm handshake and sit with correct and pleasing posture. Try not to convey your nervousness. The interviewee should show their enthusiasm in the prospective job role.

Not being Punctual

Experts recommend to arrive a little early for an interview, maybe like 10-15 minutes early arrival. Being punctual will solve two purposes, Firstly to the recruiter, it depicts that the candidate is well organized and disciplined. Secondly, it gives you extra time to settle down and give a final preparation for the interview.

No Knowledge About the Organization

Don’t let your potential employer puzzle you with the question, “What do you know about the organization?” This is one of the easy questions to crack but only when you have done some research before coming for the interview.

One must gather background information including the organization’s history, locations, divisions, and a mission statement are usually available in an “About Us” section on most of the company websites. Also check the organization’s LinkedIn page, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, if they have.

Bad Mouthing Previous Employers

Never ever badmouth about your previous boss and coworkers or get into office gossip about your boss as you might not know who the interviewer knows or not. This will create a bad impression of yours and the employer might wonder that if they decide to hire you then you would the same thing at some other interview of yours. Also, the interviewer would like to know that you can work well with other people and resolve conflicts in a mature and effective way, rather than badmouthing your coworkers or talking about other people’s incompetence. The interviewer generally prefers a candidate with conflict management skills.