Avoid the mistakes

It is important to be thoroughly prepared when you are going to a job interview, and it goes without saying that you should avoid making some of the most common dumb mistakes if you want to be taken seriously and if you want to be your best at the job interview to get the job.


1. Hugging

You should only stick to the minimal contact which is a hearty handshake; do not overstep yourself to go in for a hug.


2. Not dressing appropriately

The first impression is crucial, especially if you are going for an important interview, which means that you need to dress sharply.


3. Trash talking

Remember that the interviewer will judge you by the answers you give, and if you are trash talking about your previous job, you are not giving a good first impression to be remembered by.


4. Letting your phone ring

Turning your phone off during an interview only shows that you are committed and that you do not take distractors lightly.


5. Lying through your teeth

While it is alright to enhance your skillset a little bit, you should never go overboard to lie about them completely.


6. Being emotional

Control your emotions, and no matter what happens, show the interviewers that you are tough and that you can handle any situation like a pro.


7. Not researching about the company

You should know at least some factual background knowledge about the company you want to work for, do not make yourself look silly in front of the interviewers.


8. Poor body language

It is important to control your body language so that you will seem confident and relaxed, otherwise the interviewers might view you as someone who is trying too hard.


9. Self-sabotage

Do not undersell yourself, you should set up your mindset to believe that you need the job and that you deserve it. You are the best candidate there is.


10. Do not be a know-it-all

Nobody likes someone who acts like they know everything. Not only is it annoying, but it makes working with that person extremely hard.


11. The yes man

Do not be someone who think that they can do everything, you are a human after all, you do have limits and you should know where to draw the line.


12. Not having an agenda

You are not attending an interview only to answer questions to get the job, you will be asked about what you stand for and to take a proactive approach.


13. Talking too much

Remember that you are at the interview to answers questions and to make sure you get the job, and not to talk too much about yourself.


14. Not being engaging

As soon as you start talking on autopilot and only answering questions blankly, you are not likely getting that job; you need to be interactive and engaging to seem like an interesting candidate.


15. Not having any questions

You should always have a few questions up your sleeve, because the absolute worst you can do is to have no questions at all; it only tells the interviewers that you are not passionate enough and neither are you interested.


Always be prepared

It is important to be always prepared for any interview, but each one is different, and you should get specifics for each one you attend. Moreover, it is important to be engaging and to show your passion, because otherwise someone else might get that once-in-a-lifetime chance right under your nose. Even though some mistakes seem silly or obvious, you still need to take precautions.

Posted by James D. Burbank

James D. Burbank has worked for years in traditional as well as online marketing. He has worked in Central Asia, Europe and Australasia for years, helping US-based companies exhibit at trade shows in those parts of the world, among other things. He’s been on the ground for years and for the last few years, he has also been working in online marketing. James is currently on well-deserved hiatus and blogs about his experiences, the stuff he’s learned and more. Business and marketing all the way. He is also a father of two and a huge Utah Jazz fan.