The days of “wowing” an interviewer during the first meeting, and then getting the job offer, are over. Now, you’ll often have to go through at least two, maybe even four, interviews before you’ll be considered.
Moreover, during the last interview, you’ll face off against just one or two other candidates who’ve also made it that far
So you can’t “wing it” anymore and expect to stand out – you need to go in with a plan and be fully prepared for each stage of the process.
Otherwise, you risk getting eliminated due to “bad fit” answers and interview mistakes.
Here are the top five:
Seeming distracted or disinterested in the interview, the interviewer, or the job - This seems like an obvious one but we’ve seen far too many situations where applicants don’t even try to hide the fact that they’re just in it for the money ( everybody is) but you still have to show the employer that you are more than capable of doing the job and making an impact in the company.
Talking negatively about a past employer (keep negativity OUT of the conversation) - If there’s one thing you don’t want your potential employer to see, it’s your bad attitude. There’s no better indicator of a bad attitude than someone talking behind the back of their former boss.
Appearing uninformed about the company or role (do your research) - Another big mistake that you want to avoid, specially if the job you’re apply for is something you actually want. When you show up in an interview not knowing anything about the company. It doesn’t inspire confidence that you want to join their team.
Not providing specific examples that are relevant to the position - For an interviewer, it’s frustrating to hear an applicant keep talking when everything they about is not even close to what type of information they’re looking for. You only have a short time to make an impression. You need to make the most out of it. Do this by sharing only the most relevant experiences you have for the job.
Not asking good questions about exploring the job with them and creating new possibilities together. - When you have questions and ideas that you bring up during the interview, this really shows that you’ve thought about the job and you’re genuinely knowledgeable about it. This will show that you are more than capable of doing a great job.
All of these mistakes come from a lack of preparation, so it’s imperative that you plan and practice.
As the old saying goes:
“Failure to plan is planning to fail.”