Avoid these 10 most common interview mistakes

By Girdhari Singh, Wifistudy.com, Jaipur:  First of all, congratulations that you’ve been called for the interview. We know that it is a true moment of happiness and excitement for you. Your performance in the interview upshots your chances of securing the cherished job which you’ve prepared days or even months for.

There are some most common interview mistakes that you subconsciously carry out when you’re going for an interview for the first time. But with proper assessment and rectification of these usual faults, you can definitely stand out of the line.


Today we are going to present some customary blunders that should be avoided during an interview. We will also discuss how to improvise on them so that they don’t cost you the job. Check them out.

No Research : It is one of the most common interview mistakes that a person makes while going for the interview. They don’t do a proper research about the organization and the job role they’ve opted for. Even if you have sound knowledge about the organization, then also you should do some research to keep yourself in check about the latest objectives and programmes of the company. Also, don’t forget to analyse about the profile you’ve applied for and what will be your responsibilities in the company.

Being Late: This is some serious blunder. Arriving late for the interview shows that you don’t have any respect for the interviewer’s time and also that you are not fully prepared. Don’t ever make excuses for the reasons of being late. If you get stuck in traffic then inform the interrogator about the same.

Always leave your place with enough time margin that you reach the destination on time. Same goes for arriving to early for the interview. It shows your desperation and will irritate the manager or hiring authorities. Arriving 10 minutes before is okay but more than 15 minutes early is inacceptable.

Inappropriate Dressing Style: Dressing appropriately for the interview is exigent. You should look professional and confident. Your attire should depend on the profile you are applying for. Stay away from party or casual wear for the interview. It will only cast a negative impression on the recruiters.

Polish your shoes and remember, that the outfit of a person portrays his overall personality. You can research the internet to know what should be the suitable attire for your job profile.

Negative Body Language: This is one of the common blunders that proves to be an interview killer. Negative body language will show that you’re unprepared and just there for the sake of getting a job. You should know that you’re only one of those many applicants that are going to present themselves for the confab.

To stand out of the crowd you need to be confident, positive and interested towards the interview. Stay attentive, keep a smile on your face, make positive eye contact, but don’t look awkward. Shake hands firmly as it shows that you’re happy to meet the interviewer and shows that you’re prepared and confident.

Faking The Resume: According to a survey, 58% of the employers have found a candidate lying on his resume. And 31% of the candidates have even accepted that they faked their resume. If you’ve faked your resume, then you probably have to lie during the whole interview.

If the employer carries out your background check, you will certainly get caught. It will not be worth it and you would have only wasted your and others time. Keep your CV genuine and only add the true skills and qualifications you possess.

Too Much Talking: Sometimes the candidates get over excited and when asked about something they just go on and on. Remember, that the manager is not there to listen to your whole life story. He just need to know and assess your skills and get the knowledge about your attitude towards the profile and the company.

Never share too much unnecessary information and don’t ever criticize your previous employers. Listen properly to what the assessor is asking and Keep your answers short, relevant and to the point.

Being Arrogant: The employers are looking for a enthusiastic person who is happy and satisfied to work with them. They don’t need any arrogant or conceited employee who is always into troubles with others.

If you show arrogance during the interview, then it will immediately shut the doors close for your job expectations. Even if you’re in a bad mood for some reason, show that you’re happy to meet the interrogator and always willing to work with them.

Inattentiveness: It would not be good if you miss out any important point or question that is asked by the interviewer. The employer might get a negative impression that if you’re not attentive even in an interview, the how you’ll be able to focus in your work for the whole day.

Keep yourself engaged by listening to the questioner carefully, making appropriate eye contact and replying to the questions attentively. Don’t start speaking in between when the other person is speaking something. Also, never ever play with your phone or attend calls during an interview.

Inappropriate or No Questions: Mostly, after the interview, employers ask that if the candidates have any questions in mind about the job profile or the company. Don’t stay blank or keep yourself from asking some appropriate questions. It will show that you’re interested in the job and your priorities towards it. Make sure that the interview is a two-sided conversation. Employers also want to assess what a candidate thinks of the company and the job profile, so always keep this in mind.

Don’t ask inappropriate or personal questions to the employer. Many of the times interviewers have faced questions about their family, previous employers and this makes them uncomfortable. Keep your questions relevant.

Not Following Up: Following up within 24 hours of the interview through email is significant. It shows your interest in the job and company. It might be a chance that the employer might forget about you because there are too many candidates showing up. But, you can keep yourself in the scene and out of the line by dropping a follow up mail.

Remember, not to call the interviewer or send to many emails. It would feel awkward to the employer to receive a call out of the blue asking why they haven’t contacted you. If the employer wants to grant the job to you, he will reply. Otherwise, you should move on.

These were some of the most common interview mistakes that most of the aspirants make. Remember, that you keep a check on them when going for a interview, so that they don’t cost you the job. Good Luck!

Author Profile:  Girdhari Singh is a professional content writer and a Digital Marketer for Wifistudy.com which is a leading education and career portal. He talks about Education, Jobs and Recruitment through his articles. He is a reading enthusiast in his free time.

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