10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Any Interview

Arriving Late

Of course, sometimes things pop up and cause unexpected delays. Try to plan ahead so you don't arrive late. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview location. If there is an unexpected delay, at the very least, give a call to apologize and inform your contact of your expected arrival time.

Jumping Into The Discussion Of Pay And Benefits

There will be a time for this discussion—generally not in the first interview, unless the employer brings it up themselves. You do not want to appear as though all you care about is, "What's in it for me?" Learn more about the position and conduct

Jumping Into The Discussion Of Pay And Benefits

research before going into the salary discussion.

Talking Badly About Your Previous Or Current Employer

Regardless of the reality of the situation, never talk bad about your current or previous employer(s). It brings to question if you will do the same with this potential employer in the future. If they ask why you are leaving your current job, be honest, take ownership of the situation, and focus on the future.

Answering Your Phone

Show respect by letting your employer know this interview is more important than any call, text, or notification.  Turn off your cell phone. If you forget and it rings, apologize and turn it off.

Not Asking Questions

Regardless of how thorough the interview discussion is, when asked, "Do you have any questions for me?" always have a question.  Preferably two or three. When you do not have a question, it may come across as though you are not sincerely interested in the opportunity.

Being Brief, Hiding From Questions, Or Talking Too Much

Just as you want to learn about the employer, the employer wants to learn about you. At the same time, you don't want to be the only one talking throughout the interview. You also don't want to be too brief with your answers. You'll come off as unenthusiastic and uninterested in the position.

Being Unprepared

Conduct research so you have at least a general sense of the type of business the company is in and what the position you are applying for is about. The hiring manager will know right away whether or not you're clueless about the job you applied for. With thorough research, you will be able to

Being Unprepared

better tailor your questions and answers during the job interview.


False information can lead to an immediate disqualification and exemplify your weaknesses. You will most likely be blacklisted at the company, too. Lying on your resume or during a job interview is never a good idea.

Being Inattentive

Carefully listen to what the interviewer is saying and show you are attentive. You do not want to appear disinterested and come off as inattentive. It is not a desirable characteristic for any position. If you're not interested in them, they won't be interested in you.

Dressing Inappropriately

We recommend dressing one level up from the employees who work at the company.  If the workplace culture is casual, wear something that's business casual. You should look like you want the job, while also appearing like you'd fit in.



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