10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Any Job Interview

Your cover letter and resume made a positive impression on the potential employer and they called you for an interview. Now, you need to make sure that the employer is impressed with you and your potential in their organization.


There’s an old saying that first impressions count—and there’s no better example of the truth of this than impressions made during a job interview. Various factors have an effect. This may include the way you dress, the way you communicate, your personality and many other factors.

It takes a lot to develop a positive impression and much less to leave one that doesn’t work in your favor in a job interview.

Here are 10 common mistakes that can ruin any job interview (if you’re not careful):

1. Arriving late

Everyone’s time is valuable. Show respect and don’t waste other people’s time.

Of course, sometimes things pop up and cause unexpected delays. Try to plan ahead so you don’t arrive late. Allow yourself plenty of time to reach the interview location. Make sure you have an outfit ready the night before, so you’re not scrambling five minutes before you have to walk out the door.

If there is an unexpected delay, at the very least, call to apologize and inform your contact of your expected time.

2. Jumping into the pay and benefits discussion

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There is a time for this discussion—usually not during the first interview, unless the employer brings it up himself. “What’s in it for me?”

At the same time, approaching the topic of salary is particularly dangerous. You may put yourself in the position of being asked to submit a desired salary and fall below what the company expects. Learn more about the location and do your research before going Salary negotiation.

3. Answering your phone

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Show respect by letting your employer know that this interview is more important than any call, text, or notification. Turn off your cell phone. If you forget and ring, apologize and turn it off.

4. Speaking ill of your previous or current employer

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Regardless of the reality of the situation, never speak ill of your current or previous employer(s). It begs the question whether you will do the same with this potential employer in the future.

If they ask Why are you leaving your current job?Be honest, take ownership of the situation and focus on the future.

5. Being brief, hiding from questions or talking too much

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Just as you want to know about the employer, the employer wants to know about you. At the same time, you don’t want to be the only one talking throughout the interview. You should not be too brief about your answers. You come across as unenthusiastic and disinterested in the position.

Learn to listen and have a balanced conversation where you both have a chance to receive information and Ask questions.

6. Not asking questions

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No matter how thorough the interview discussion was, “Do you have any questions for me?” When asked that. There is always a question. Preferably two or three.

When you don’t have a question, it sounds like you’re not genuinely interested in the opportunity.

7. Dressing inappropriately

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It’s not just what you wear in your performance but how you dress yourself up. Employers will not be impressed with a sloppy appearance. You need Show up and dress the part About what to expect from the position.

We recommend dressing one level up from employees working in the company. If the workplace culture is casual, dress business casual. You need to look like you want the job, and at the same time you need to look like you fit in.

8. Being unprepared

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Conduct research So you have at least a general understanding of the company’s business type and the position you are applying for. The hiring manager will know right away if you are clueless about the job you applied for.

With thorough research, you can better craft your questions and answers during a job interview.

9. Lie

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False information will lead to immediate disqualification and exemplify your weaknesses. You will most likely be blacklisted by the company.

Lying on your resume Or never a good idea in a job interview.

10. Being careless

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Listen carefully to what the interviewer has to say and show that you are paying attention. You don’t want to appear disinterested and careless. This is not a desirable trait for any position.

If you are not Interested in themThey are not interested in you.

Most candidates only get one chance to make a good impression. Make sure you leave your next interview as positive as possible by avoiding these 10 common mistakes.

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This article was originally published on an earlier date.

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