Top 10 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

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    No Preparation:

    Not being able to answer the question "What do you know about this company?" might just end your quest for employment, at least with this employer. Background information including company history, locations, divisions, and a mission statement are available in an "About Us" section on most company websites. You should be prepared to answer the most common interview questions.

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    Dressing Inappropriately:

    Dressing inappropriately can work both ways — outfits can be too casual or too formal for a position. If you aren't sure what to wear, visit the organization and watch employees coming in and out of the office to see what they are wearing.

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    Although it's tempting, it doesn't work. By all means gloss over the unflattering things. But out-right fibbing NEVER pays.
    Mark Twain said: "If you tell the truth, you never have to remember anything." Think about it. They will catch you out later.

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    Criticizing your current company or boss:

    Fed up with your current job and would give anything to leave because they've treated you badly? Your job interview is NOT the time to seek revenge. Bear in mind that the interviewer will be listening to your answers and thinking about what it would be like to work with you.

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    Being late:

    There are no excuses for tardiness when it comes to job interviews so show your enthusiasm for the role by being on time. 'Check websites or apps for transport updates and take the details of your interview contact in case you are unavoidably delayed.

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    Giving textbook responses:

    It’s important to show your personality in an interview. Try to be open and honest about your skills and strengths, giving examples of when you've used them. That’s stronger than trotting out clichéd statements such as ‘I’m a real people person.

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    Ignoring cues from the interviewer:

    One of the most valuable, and underrated, interviewing skills is the ability to listen, pay attention to, understand and absorb what the other person is saying. If you concentrate too intently on forming your responses, you can miss critical information offered by the hiring manager.

    Throughout the discussion, interviewers may provide useful clues as to what they are looking for in candidates, allowing you to tailor your answers to their requirements.

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    Appearing arrogant or rude:

    It's great to show that you're confident in an interview, but don’t let that tip over into arrogance. Listen carefully to your interviewer, don’t interrupt and don’t attempt too many jokes. You don’t want to say anything that could cause offence.

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    Not asking any questions:

    Asking a few questions towards the end of the interview shows you’re confident, thoughtful and interested in the position. Some good fallback options are asking what kind of training opportunities the employer offers, what the workplace culture is like or what career opportunities are available.

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    Letting your nerves get the better of you

    This is probably the most difficult mistake to avoid. Interviews make everyone a bit anxious, but there are techniques you can use to keep those nerves in check. Some of the relaxation tips on Steps for Stress might help.

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