In this article, you will learn the 7 terrible and common mistakes to always avoid in a job interview.
7 common interview mistakes and how to avoid them
Below are the 7 terrible and common interview mistakes, and how to avoid them:
- Not researching their company
When the interviewer says to you: what can you tell us about our company?
Do not say this: “To be honest with you, I don’t really know much about your company and that was one of the questions I was going to ask you at the end of the interview.”
That’s a terrible answer that will result in an interview fail. It is essential that you research their company before you attend your job interview.
Solution: Before the interview date, make you look at their website “About US Page” to find out about their history and their values and also make sure you check out their products and services too.
- Poor body language
First impressions are really important in a job interview. Make sure you wear a smart outfit to your interview because how you dress says a lot about your standards.
Also make sure you sit upright in the interview chair, smile and be positive.
Speaking negatively about your former employer or co-workers
When the interviewer says to you, why do you want to leave your job? Or why did you leave your last job?
Do not say this:
“I left my last job because there was a toxic work environment and there was one particular co-worker that I didn’t really get on with.”
If you give that type of answer in your job interview, you will fail. Instead, be positive about your former employer, your boss and your co-workers and say you wanted to leave for a fresh challenge with a new and exciting company where your skills and qualities would be put to good use.
- Saying you will not stay working for their company for the long term
When the interviewer says you, where do you see yourself in five years?
Do not say this:
“I plan to have moved on to a larger organization in five years’ time. However, whilst I am working here, I will be committed and I will always do a great job for your company.”
That’s a really poor answer which will probably result in an interview fail. Instead, tell the interviewer that you plan to build a long term career with their company and become a trusted and reliable member of the team.
- Not giving a weakness in a job interview
When the interviewer says to you, what’s your biggest weakness?
Do not say this: “To be honest with you, I don’t have any weaknesses because I am a perfectionist.”
Instead, give an honest weakness that is not a match for the job description. Below is an example of a brilliant weakness in a job interview that will do you no harm.
“My biggest weakness is the fact I am not yet very good at public speaking.
However, this is a skill I want to develop in. So if there are any opportunities in this role to give talks or presentations to groups of people, then I would love to give it a try.”
- Saying you can’t answer one of the interview questions
In your job interview, if you can’t answer a question, it’s perfectly fine. But make sure you atleast say “you will go away, research the answer, and get back to them.”
To learn what to say and do when you can’t answer a particular interview question, read this article => WHAT TO SAY or DO when you can’t Answer an INTERVIEW QUESTION!
- Not asking smart questions at the end of your job interview
When the interviewer says to you, that’s the end of your interview, do you have any questions for us?
Do not say this:
“I don’t really have any questions. You covered everything during the interview.”
Instead, make sure you ask three smart questions that put you across as a professional and caring employee.
Below are three questions to ask:
- What’s the one thing I can do in this role to help your business succeed?
- Can you tell me more about the team I would be a part of in this role?
- What are the plans for the company over the next five to ten years?
Thank you so much for reading this article and I wish you all the best for passing your job interview.
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