Five Common Interview Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Have you ever bombed a job interview? Or felt like your interview went great, but still didn’t get the job? Not many people are taught how to interview, or how to present our best selves in a quick 10 to 15 minute meeting with a potential employer. If you’ve recently scored an interview, don't make these mistakes if you want to really leave a good impression and get hired.

  1. Do your research.
    Search for information about the company in preparation for your interview. Read through their website, find any articles about the company, and even reach out to anyone who works there. One way to do this is through LinkedIn (link article).
  2. Talk about your accomplishments, not responsibilities.
    Just like in your resume, tell your interviewer what you accomplished in your last job. Get specific. 
  3. Be confident, not arrogant.
    This is a fine line to walk. It’s important to sell yourself, but you don’t want to come off as conceited. Do your research, be polite, but also know what you have to offer. Remember, they’re looking for a solution to their problem, and you are a potential solution.
  4. Ask questions.
    If you have trouble thinking of questions to ask on the spot, come up with two or three beforehand. You’re interviewing them as much as they are you, and the more information you have about what they’re looking for, the more you’ll know how to sell yourself to fit their needs.
  5. Send a thank you note after the interview.
    A simple thank you for the interview, and maybe a positive observation about the office/workers is sufficient. If the company is interviewing multiple candidates, this note could help keep you at the forefront of their thoughts.

If you still have trouble making a strong first impression, interview coaching can help you improve your performance. Engage in mock-interviews practice what you are going to demonstrate with the help of a coach. Our coaches can prepare and help you develop your skills so you can land the job of your dreams.

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