There are a few things that we accidentally say or do that make us wish that the ground could open and swallow us whole, but making a mistake that can cost you a job is something nightmares are made of. While you may nail the appearance factors, here are a few things to avoid during your next job interview.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Walking into an interview and hoping to 'wing it' without having done your research will not only lead to awkward and embarrassing situations, but it can also be costly. Always make sure that you have done your research on the company. Have questions concerning any recent projects or about the position ready. Always be prepared.
Having the wrong attitude
You may check all the boxes on paper but having the wrong attitude can make or break your chances of securing the position. Your attitude during the job interview can help the interviewer assess if you will be a good fit not only for the position but with your colleagues. Showing a lack of enthusiasm, being arrogant or coming across as desperate can limit your chances. Be confident and passionate, even if it is just a job interview.
Lying about your skills or experience
While "faking it till you make it" can work in some situations, doing this during a job interview can be detrimental to your progress. Avoid lying about your education, experience or skills. Even if you are hired on a lie, you could be asked to complete tasks that you have no experience in. Sooner or later, the lie catches up with you. Instead, be honest about the things you can and cannot do and express your desire to learn.
Bad mouthing your previous company
No matter how tempting it may be to bad mouth your former employer or job, avoid doing so during an interview. Try to focus on the positive things you learned and what you hope to achieve in the future.
Avoid using clichés
"My greatest weakness is that I am a hard worker" or, "I think outside of the box" are responses that interviewers have heard so many times. The aim is to stand out. Focus on short anecdotal stories of how you have used your skills and overcome your weaknesses in the workspace. Always remember to be authentic and relevant instead of using rehearsed and overheard responses.