Most Common Interview Mistakes made by job seekers & ways to avoid them

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Job seekers usually make some common mistakes, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. Knowingly, due to overconfidence, and unknowingly, when they commit common and silly mistakes due to lack of interview preparation.

Job seekers, who commit most of the mistakes are freshers. After attending some interviews and getting rejected for committing some common mistakes, a person learns to make them presentable, learn various preparation techniques required for the interview and analyse the common faults that had been happening in the previous interviews which force interviewers to think twice about hiring you for a particular job profile.

As an inexperienced job seeker, why you want to throw away your precious opportunities to realize the mistakes you are committing. It is better to learn at the start of the job search, the most common mistakes other job seekers had done in their previous interviews and what all major points to be noted carefully before leaving for an interview. Here are the most common mistakes candidates do during an interview and let’s see how to avoid those mistakes.

Landing late for the interview

At what time a candidate is arriving at the place of interview, will give an idea of his/her characteristics and punctuality. If you arrive at the place of interview 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time, you will be giving an impression to the employer that you really care about the job and you have good time management skills.

Reaching late for an interview may show you in a poor light. You may be considered as a person with poor time management skills. It can also be interpreted as lack of respect towards company, employers and more over to the interview panel.

The best time to arrive for an interview is “10 – 15 minutes before the scheduled time”. Once you reach the place of interview, first let the concerned party (Mostly, HR Department) about your arrival. Try to utilize the time before the interview to recall things that you have prepared for the interview and to keep your resume and other documents in the order.

Incomplete Preparation

When interview starts, interviewer panel asks you some personal questions to make you comfortable and to analyze your communication skills. You should prepare well for this tricky part. Most candiates neglect the opening questions like "Tell me about yourself" or "What are your strengths and weakness" etc. Your first answer really sets the tone for the interview. If you try to make up an answer at that moment, there is a greater probability that you may miss some important aspects.

Don’t let interviewers catch you with your incomplete preparation. Prepare well by reviewing all questions and answers that had been already asked in the previous interviews. Gather maximum information about the company and the designation your have applied for.

Intentionally, using handset during interview

For any business meetings and interview processes, a standard rule given by all companies is that all the candidates who have come for the interview or business meetings have to keep their handset in the silent mode. If someone doesn’t follow this rule during the interview, then interviewers may think; he/she is not at all serious/interested in giving interviews or he/she is just doing time pass because he/she is not completely prepared for the interview.

If you really want to get everyone’s attention during the interview; oppose the temptation of checking your phone calls frequently. Keep your handset inside your bag in the silent mode, so that; your mind won't be on your phone.

Also, throughout the interview, don’t use your phone to search for company related information and answers to the questions that have been asked by the interviewer. Don’t chat with your friends on social networking sites.

Coming to the interview with a drink

During an interview, if knowingly or unknowingly you carry a cup of coffee, soft-drink, or a glass of water with you, it is considered under a bad manner or unprofessional behavior. This type of behavior may enforce interviewers to think that you are not fully interested in getting the job. That’s why, before interviewing, either ditch the drink, which is there in your hand or just drink & finish it off.

If you carry a drink and other interview related documents together in both of your hands, it may happen that your drink spill on your upper wear or even on your interviewer’s dress. Or, putting your mind towards your drink may distract your mind from your actual task, like making a good impression by shaking hand with all interviewers, paying attention through the interview, listening interviewer's words carefully and responding accordingly, and maintaining eye-to-eye contact with all employers and interviewers.

Inappropriate outfit

During the interview, you will be judged first based on your attire. No matter, for which profile, to which company/hotel/resort/restaurant your interview is scheduled, your motive is to focus on what to wear and apply that can give you a complete professional look. Sometimes, according to the job requirement, you have to decide, what to wear to make yourself perfect for the job profile.

For example, for non-professional job interview, you can preferably wear business casual attire, and for job interview in a small established company, you can go in startup casual attire.

Talkative nature

There are many candidates who are very talkative by nature. Those candidates need someone to talk and only talk, they don’t think about others, whether others are listening to them or not, or are others getting bored or not? This type of talkative people doesn’t do anything intentionally. Because of their habit, once they start talking they can’t stop them-self.

They behave in the same way in the interview too. Once they start responding, they can’t stop talking and stretch the particular topic long and long till the time interviewers tell them to stop it there.

Being a talkative is good, but being too talkative can scare interviewers in a manner to feel not to put any other questions to you, otherwise you will again start responding in a manner you had responded earlier. Try to control your habits/emotions and promise youself that I will do the limited talk which is required for the occasion.

Dissimilarity between your resume and info provided on job application form

After collecting your resume from online job portals, consultancies or recruitment companies, interviewers/employers scrutinize your resume and if they find it is good, they give you a call for a job interview. Before taking an interview, a company asks you to fill out a job application form; the job application form includes all necessary fields related to your past experiences detail, degree detail, previous employer information & contact detail, strengths & weaknesses, etc.

The company provides you a job application form just to check-out how well you know about yourself, company, and percentage of similarity between your resume and the information you place in the job application form. Make sure, the information you mention in the job application form should be similar to the information that you have placed in your resume, like, degree’s dates & passing marks, previous & current employment detail with the correct joining and relieving date, address, phone number, etc.

Sometimes, it is difficult to recall everything related to past experiences and degrees. So, the best thing you need to do, while filling a job application form is to keep a copy of your resume with you, so that, you can deliver a unique information to the employers which help in creating a faithful image in front of everyone.

Paying less attention

Make sure, before coming to the interview, you have completely made your mind and prepared yourself for the interviewer, that means, you had slept well one day before the interview, prepared all questions and answers related to the job profile, rewritten your resume according to the job profile, etc.

Suppose, you went to the interview with incomplete preparation and less sleep, your mind can't focus on the questions asked in the interview and you may end up answering the wrong question or you may answer to a part of the question. This type of behaviour makes you look bad and enforce employers to speculate that if you are not comfortable in giving one interview, then how come you will be comfortable and attentive during days on the job.

If you feel you are paying less attention and due to lack of attention things are going wrong, try to give your best effort in gaining back everyone consideration towards you.

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