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6 common mistakes to avoid at a job interview (and what to do instead)

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

Let's discuss 6 of the common mistakes people make at a job interview and what you can do instead. Interviews can be nerve-wracking and sometimes you're unsure how to behave or what you should and shouldn't say.



We always encourage our candidates to always be themselves (don't pretend to be the person you think the interviewer wants if it isn't who you usually are). It is better to be unsuccessful in a job interview by being true to yourself than be successful in a job that isn't suited to your skills, experience and personality.


Let's dive right in to 6 common mistakes to avoid at a job interview and what you can do instead


Being late

Being late for an interview is a major red flag for employers, as it suggests that you may not be reliable or punctual. To avoid this, make sure to plan your route in advance, leaving plenty of time for unexpected delays or traffic.


Dressing Inappropriately

Dressing too casually or too formally can give the wrong impression to potential employers. To avoid this, research the company's dress code in advance and aim to dress one level up from their standard attire. If you are unsure ask your recruiter or the person you have contact with that has arranged your interview


Failing to prepare

Failing to prepare for an interview can lead to a lack of confidence and poor performance. To avoid this, research the company and the role in advance, prepare answers to common interview questions, and practice your responses. It is also worth a quick research on LinkedIn of the company and hiring managers so you can get a feel for the culture.


Rambling or providing irrelevant information

Rambling or providing irrelevant information during an interview can make you appear unprepared or disorganized. To avoid this, focus on answering the question succinctly and provide specific examples from your previous experience. If you get flustered easily make sure you try and take a moment before answering to compose yourself.


Speaking negatively about previous employers

Speaking negatively about previous employers can make you appear unprofessional and disrespectful. To avoid this, focus on the positive experiences and lessons learned from your previous roles, and avoid making negative comments about anyone.


Failing to ask questions

Failing to ask questions during an interview can suggest a lack of interest or curiosity. To avoid this, prepare a list of thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the role, and the work culture. Your recruiter will be able to give you some guidance on ideas of questions to ask. Try not to think of all the common questions - try and think outside the box or make the questions personal to you and your ambitions.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin

By avoiding these common mistakes and taking the steps outlined above, you can improve your chances of making a positive impression on potential employers and securing the job you want.


Remember that the interview is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills and experience, and to learn more about the company and the role. By approaching it with confidence and preparation, you can increase your chances of success.


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