How to Avoid the Top 6 Most Common Job Interview Mistakes

You have been a sincere and hardworking student all your life. You have been at the top your class, submitted your assignments on time, got through every entrance test you ever took, studied in the best institutions. But, it all boils down to the job interview; the one thing standing in between you and your dream job. It is this big moment that can make or break your career.

Common Interview Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Lack of Confidence/Overconfidence - A little bit of nervousness is normal, especially if you are appearing for a big interview. A shaky handshake, nervous fidgeting, not making eye contact with the interviewer could all be tell-tale signs of lack of confidence. On the flipside, being overconfident could also backfire.

If you are going through a bad case of interview nerves, take a moment and breathe. The idea is to make a lasting impression and you cannot do that if you are nervous. On the other hand, if you feel overconfident, you need to know that employers don’t take arrogance too well. Make sure you steer clear of anything that might be perceived as a display of your ego.

Turning up Unprepared - Why are you interviewing for the role? What got you interested in our company? What makes you better than others? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? These are questions that have been asked by interviews since time immemorial. These apparently “silly” questions could actually be game changers. Also, failing to answer important questions about the company and yourself could be deal breakers.

Prepare yourself in advance. Make a list of all the probable questions. Research the company well. Getting these questions right gives you an edge that you must not miss out on.

Not Having a Question for your Interviewer
- Your interview is not an interrogation round. A good interview is always the one where you and your interviewer have engaged in a stimulating conversation.

You will be appreciated if you have questions to ask your interviewer. Try and stick to questions about the job role in consideration. Make a list of relevant questions you could ask beforehand. Give your potential employer the impression that you have given all of this a serious thought.

Making things up or Bragging
- Never make false claims on your resume. A few follow up questions and your bluff would be called out by any seasoned interviewer. Bragging about your previous work unnecessarily or making false claims will finish any chance that you might have of getting the job.

Make sure you can answer any question about your academic achievements and experiences if they come your way. You should be well prepared to answer follow up questions on every segment of your resume

Criticizing your Present Employer- If you are already working and are interviewing for a job change, it is only evident that you would be asked the reason for doing so. Do not make the mistake of criticizing your present employer or coming across as a disgruntled employer seeking revenge.

No organization wants to deliberately hire someone whose approach is negative in the first place. It is better if you prepare yourself for that question in advance. While talking about looking for better opportunities and growth is fine, coming across as a difficult employee is not.

Forgetting the Interview Etiquettes - Hiring managers hold things like punctuality and interview manners in high regard. You need to make sure that you do not get these simple, but crucial things wrong. Reach for your interview on time, remember your interview etiquettes and avoid dressing sloppily.

Fortunately or unfortunately, just your academic record cannot decide whether or not you convert the interview. Reach for your interview on time, remember your interview etiquettes, avoid dressing sloppily and be prepared to put your best foot forward by avoiding the common interview mistakes. Nothing can stand in the way of you and your job.

- Debolina Deb