Common Mistakes in Interview

Attitude problems.

Sometimes, candidates may come across as arrogant and “know it all” in their approach. It may turn off the interviewer, and you must keep in mind that while they can afford to be self-centered, candidates cannot.


Many candidates do not consider their appearance as much as they should. First impressions are quickly made in the first three to five minutes. Dress neatly, soberly and show that you are a professional.

Lack of research.
It’s obvious when candidates haven’t learned about the job, company or industry prior to the interview. Visit the library or use the internet to research the company, then talk with friends, peers and other professionals about the opportunity before each meeting.

Not having questions to ask.
Asking questions shows your interest in the company and the position. Prepare a list of intelligent questions in advance.

Not readily knowing the answers to interviewers questions.
Anticipate and rehearse answers to tough questions about your background, such as an employment gap. Practicing with your spouse or a friend before the interview will help you to frame intelligent responses.

Relying too much on résumés.
Employers hire people, not paper. Although a résumé can list qualifications and skills, it’s the interview dialogue that will portray you as a committed, responsive team player.

Too much humility.
Being conditioned not to brag, candidates are sometime reluctant to describe their accomplishments. Explaining how you reach difficult or impressive goals helps employers understand what you can do for them.

Not relating skills to the employer’s needs.
A list of startling accomplishments mean little if you can’t relate them to a company’s requirements. Reiterate your skills and convince the employers understand what you can do for them.

Handling salary issues too soon.
Candidates often ask about salary and benefits too early. If they believe an employer is interested, they may demand inappropriate amounts and price themselves out of the jobs. Candidates who ask for too little undervalue themselves or appear desperate. Use a little tact. Know when it’s right to talk money. And avoid showing how much you want the job to the point of underselling your market value.

Lack of career direction.
Job hunters who aren’t clear about their career goals reveal their lack of direction and their inability to contribute to the growth of the organisation.

Just checking out.
Some applicants, particularly those in certain high-tech, sales and marketing fields, will admit they’re just checking out opportunities to see their market value, and have little intention of changing jobs. This wastes time and leaves a bad impression with employers who they may need to contact in the future.

Should not make the following mistakes TO AVOID Selection by rejection committee!

1. Poor personal appearance.

2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm: Passive and indifferent.

3. Over emphasis on money: interested only in best package offer.

4. Condemnation of past employers.

5. Failure to look at the interviewer when conversing.

6. Limp, fishy handshake.

7. Unwillingness to go where sent.

8. Late to interview.

9. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time.

10. Asks no questions about job.

11. Indefinite response to questions.

12. Overbearing, over aggressive, conceited with superiority or “know it all complex.”

13. Inability to express self clearly: Poor voice diction, grammar.

14. Lack of planning for career: no purpose and goals.

15. Lack of confidence and poise: nervous ill at ease.

16. Failure to participate in activities.

17. Unwilling to start at the bottom-expects too much too soon.

18. Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in record.

19. Lack of tact.

20. Lack of courtesy: ill mannered.

21. Lack of Maturity.

22. Lack of vitality.

23. Indecision.

24. Sloppy application blank.

25. Merely shopping around.

26. Wants job for short time.

27. No interest in company or industry.

28. Low moral standards.

29. Cynical.

30. Lazy.

31. Intolerant: strong prejudices.

32. Narrow interests.

33. Inability to take criticism.

34. High pressure type.

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