Are You Making These Interview Mistakes?

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There is no doubt that for many people the interview is the hardest part of getting a job. It is nerve wracking and everyone seems to be looking for something different.

If you are not getting past the interview though, the chances are that you are likely making one of the more common interview mistakes. These things are mistakes that employers see over and over again – and they are reasons why you will not get hired.

Take a peek at these few points and ask yourself if you are guilty of these mistakes:

  • You give the same answers as everyone else. If your answers are the same as every other person’s answers then why should the company choose you over someone else? Generic answers that are memorized from a text book tell the employer nothing about you. Make sure that your answers are unique to you. Use concrete examples. Share your accomplishments. Tell a story (short ones though!). Find a way to make your answers unique.
  • You are not prepared. If you go into an interview knowing nothing about the company you will not get hired. Make sure that you know a bit about the company’s history, the important players in the company, the competitors, and what products and services are offered. If you know about the company you can tailor your answers to what you know and you can ask better questions.
  • You have no agenda of your own. This is not to say that you should come into an interview and tell them what jobs you are willing to perform but you should have a purpose and goals. When the employer asks, “Is there anything else you want to tell us?” you should be able to come up with something that is tailored to the company’s needs but also tells them why you are the perfect person for the job.
  • You don’t ask questions. Remember that the interview process is not just about them finding out if you are the right person for the job but it is also an opportunity to find out if this is the right job for you. This is your chance to evaluate the company. Questions also show that you are genuinely interested in the company and that you can think critically and analytically.