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5 Common mistakes you can make during interviews

If you are being repeatedly turned down for roles that you have the skills and qualifications for, you may be guilty of these common interview mistakes.

Most employers have a low tolerance for mistakes, especially if they have multiple interviews to conduct. So, if you want to to increase your chances of being hired, here’s a handy how to guide.


  1. 1. Arriving Late

The key thing to remember is employers may have multiple interviews scheduled back to back. Two things could happen when you show up late. For example, your interview could be cut short or you could disrupt the schedules of several interviews. More importantly, it shows you have poor timekeeping skills. This is definitely not the best first impression you could give a potential employer. If you are late for any reason, the best way to handle this is to let the company you are interviewing with know as soon as possible. It goes without saying, be as apologetic and courteous as possible.


  1. 2. Appearance

Appearance plays a key factor when seeking employment. How you present yourself is the first thing your employer will see upon meeting you for interview. It is a known fact that people have been turned down for employment due to poor appearance. It is important to ensure you dress for the job you want, so make sure that shirt is tucked in, you have clean and freshly ironed clothes and stay away from any potential coffee stain situations!


  1. 3. Being Unprepared

Quite often employees fail to do the appropriate research before their interview. You should always find out the basics of the company and the details of the role you will be applying for. You can do this very easily by spending some time on the company website. Make sure to visit the “about us” page and learn about the company history. If the brand values and mission statements are listed on the website, be sure to make a note of these to really impress in your interview. Being prepared not only shows the employer that you mean business, but it reflects well on you, which will have an impact on whether or not you bag that role.


  1. 4. Not having any questions

In almost all cases, interviewers will leave time at the end to answer any questions you may have. This is an opportunity to ask some really great questions to show them how you think and what’s important to you. It also shows that you care enough about the job that you want to know more. Not having any questions prepared could signals that you don’t care, aren’t curious and haven’t done any research. Examples of questions you could ask include:

  • What does success look like in this role?
  • What is the culture like here?
  • Is there much opportunity to grow?
  • What is your expectation of the person you want for this role?

    1. 5. Displaying Low Energy

    It is important when you’re in your interview, that the employer gets the sense you want to be there. Body language can play a key role in this. For example, if you sit with slumped shoulders, have a distinct lack of eye contact or slouch in your chair and show a general lack of enthusiasm, it will come across to your potential employer that you are disengaged and uninterested. Instead, make sure you sit up straight, maintain eye contact and give the appearance that you are interested and genuinely want to be there. Confidence is key!


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