Not everyone could say that they’re the greatest interviewee in the world. For most of us, a job interview could trigger sweaty palms, racing heart beats, and worst of all, forgetting what you’re supposed to say! You can actually reduce interview anxiety by knowing beforehand the following common job interview mistakes and how to avoid them.
Not doing your research
Most job applicants will find themselves asking Mr. Google about the best answers to the standard set of interview questions and consider it as “research”. Yet, true research before a job interview constitutes finding out and understanding the company’s mission, vision, culture, and their press releases. Imagine the interviewer asking you about the company’s CEO and you have no idea who that person is. Total embarrassment!
How to Avoid: Check the company’s website and figure out their goals as well as news-worthy events. You can also talk to friends that you know are working for the company that you’re after.
Talking too much but actually saying little
When it comes to interview answers, it’s not about the length of your response but it’s the quality of the answers that really matters.
How to Avoid: The way to an interviewer’s heart is to keep your answers brief but concise.
Not being yourself
Anyone who wants a job aims to impress that they end up overstating their previous job roles and experiences.
How to Avoid: Do not be so focused on saying what you think the recruiter wants to hear from you. Stick to crafting an accurate picture of your skills, interests, and expertise. With accurate facts, the recruiter would be able to come up with positions that are appropriately matched to what you can do.
How about you? Which job interview mistakes have you committed in the past?