What are the most common interview mistakes job applicants make? The mistake candidates make the most, according to an Accountemps survey, is one that's easily avoidable - not knowing about the company. It only takes a few minutes to check out a company before you go to a job interview and it's definitely worth taking the time to ensure you're as informed as possible.
Other common interview mistakes including not being prepared to talk about your skills, experience, plans, and goals. Again, that's relatively easy to overcome. Review the job posting and your resume before you head out to the interview and be prepared to discuss why you're the most qualified candidate. Tailor your goals to fit what you know about the company and job.
Being late is a red flag you can avoid, as well. Take a dry run the day before if you're not sure where you're going and give yourself plenty of time so you're sure to arrive on time. Besides making a bad impression, being late and rushing can be a major stressor that will impact the rest of the interview.
Here's the most common interview mistakes as reported by the managers surveyed by AccountTemps.
Common Interview Mistakes
- Little or no knowledge of the company: 38%
- Unprepared to discuss skills and experience: 20%
- Unprepared to discuss career plans, goals: 14%
- Lack of eye contact: 10%
- Late arrival: 9%
- Limited enthusiasm: 9%
Here are even more of the most common interview mistakes job applicants make including not taking the time to prepare for an interview, dressing the wrong way, saying the wrong thing, talking too much, and not talking enough. Also check out what to do if you've blown an interview - you may be able to get a second chance.
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