4 Common Job Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid

Finally getting the call that you have been selected to interview for a job you are seeking is an exciting moment. A job interview is your time to prove why you’re the perfect fit. But major interview mistakes might cost you the opportunity. Despite being highly qualified and motivated, you didn’t get the job. What did you do wrong? Here…

Finally getting the call that you have been selected to interview for a job you are seeking is an exciting moment. A job interview is your time to prove why you’re the perfect fit. But major interview mistakes might cost you the opportunity.

Despite being highly qualified and motivated, you didn’t get the job. What did you do wrong? Here are four common interview mistakes you might have made:

Displaying poor body language.

Communication goes beyond words. While the interviewer is hearing what you say, they are also taking into account your non-verbal cues, such as if you are making eye contact, if you offer a firm handshake, and if you sit with good posture.

Answering the question about your “biggest weaknesses” 

An example of an interview question you can expect to commonly be asked is, “what are some of your biggest weaknesses?” Answer this carefully.

Responding with a humble brag such as, “I work too hard,” shows you lack self-awareness. However, you don’t want to answer in such a way that you cause them to question your ability and expertise.

Failing to research your interviewer.

With the information accessible on the internet, there is no excuse for being underprepared for a job interview. You should be prepared to ask specific questions and be familiar with the background of the person who will be conducting your interview.

Not being punctual.

You never want to arrive late, and you also never want to arrive too early. There is just the right time when it comes to interviewing.

You should arrive 10 minutes early to allow yourself time to get through security and settle inside the office, but you should never arrive more than 15 minutes early.

You want to prove you are reliable, punctual and organised, but also that you are respectful of their time.

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