The 9 most common mistakes in an interview

We’re interviewing you. Congratulations! Now let the serious stuff (and the pressure) begin! Don’t ruin it! Here are the nine most common mistakes in an interview that could ruin your chances.

Do not do your research

A common comment from employers is that candidates don’t do their research about the position and the company. Why not? Employers want enthusiastic people who show initiative, and the best way to demonstrate this in an interview is to be prepared.

“If you haven’t done any research on the company and don’t know anything about its products, services or culture, it will show up in the interview,” says a job expert. That doesn’t mean you have to be an expert and know everything about what the company has already done,” he continues, “but you should have enough information to ask questions and demonstrate how you could add value to the company. Your good preparation tells the employer that you take this opportunity seriously and that you are genuinely interested. »

Being late

Let’s be clear: you should never be late for an interview. Never be late for an interview.

It’s frankly not the best way to make a good first impression,” says D’Souza. It shows a lack of respect for the employer, as well as a lack of preparation and organization. Having said that, we realize that there can be some glitches. You can be delayed by a traffic jam or by the subway. If this happens to you, do your best to contact the person in charge of the interview. You could save the day and still be professional in the eyes of the company if you let them know you’re late.

Not being properly dressed

It’s obvious, but it’s worth repeating: take care of your appearance!

“The key is to know the culture of the company. Do employees wear suits or T-shirts? Check out the Careers section of the company’s website and social network profiles for photos of employees and their events. This will give you a good idea of the company’s culture and dress code. When in doubt, casual business attire is a sure bet. You’ll look very presentable and professional,” says D’Souza.

Do not make eye contact

Looking the employer straight in the eye is essential to make a good first impression.

“If you don’t look the employer in the eye, they will think you lack confidence, or worse, that you are hiding something from them. I understand that it can be harder for shy people, but it’s important to make that connection,” says D’Souza.

Take out the pictures

“I’m a team player.”

“I work too hard”

“I’m a perfectionist”

Does that mean anything to you? If you’re the type to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “What are your weaknesses? “it’s time for you to change your tune.

“Both sides can often come up with certain clichés, but even if you are asked such a question, you don’t necessarily have to give such an answer. Instead, think of this as an opportunity to distinguish yourself. Say something true, something they’ve never heard before, and they’ll probably remember you,” says D’Souza.

Saying bad things about your former employer

Don’t say anything negative about people or companies, even if you feel they deserve it. You will look childish and insignificant, and no one wants to hire that kind of person.

“If you left a job because of problems, you can do so, but in a diplomatic and professional manner. The most important thing is to turn this into a way that reflects your career goals and ambition,” says D’Souza.

Do not ask questions

At some point during the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. The answer should not be “no”.

“Of course, it depends on what you discussed earlier in the interview, but usually you should have prepared clear questions or ask questions about what you just discussed. This shows your professionalism, your ambition and shows the employer that you are a serious candidate,” says D’Souza.

Play on your phone

A recent study shows that more than a third of Gen Ys believe it’s acceptable to text during a job interview..

“I spend a lot of time on my phone, too, so I can understand, but you have to put it aside during the interview. It’s highly disrespectful to look at your phone and it speaks volumes about your ability to stay focused,” says D’Souza.


58% of employers say they have seen a candidate lie on their CV, while 31% of people admit to lying on their CV. That’s a lot of lies! If you lie on your CV, you should try to keep the lie alive throughout the interview. Don’t do that.

It’s not worth it,” says D’Souza. If you get caught, and chances are high because employers almost always do their investigations, not only will you not get the job you want, but you’ll waste everyone’s time and your chances for the future. »

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