Job interviews can be extremely stressful, but when they're done right, they can be the key ingredient in landing the job you really want. There are many things that a job seeker can do to maximize their chance at interview success – the biggest being preparation. Before any interview, you should take some time to formulate and practice answering some of the most common interview questions. In addition, you should do some research on the company and find out who they are, what they do and what major challenges they are facing. Arming yourself with this information will make it much easier to demonstrate to a hiring manager that you are serious about your interest in the position and that you are willing to go the extra mile in order to have all of the information. These are both simple things, but you'd be surprised at how many people aren't willing, or simply don't know how, to put additional time and thought into making a great impression during their interview.
That being said, it's surprising to learn that the most common interview mistakes have nothing to do with preparation. The people at Classes and Careers have made a great infographic about some of the more common mistakes. It's filled with great information and you can view it here.
According to a recent article at Yahoo! Finance, the 10 most common mistakes, according to hiring managers, are:
10. Over-explaining why you lost your last job.
9. Conveying that you're not over having lost your last job.
8. Lacking humor, warmth or personality.
7. Not showing enthusiasm or interest in the job.
6. Inadequate research about the position or company.
5. Concentrating on what you want rather than what the company needs.
4. Trying to be all things to everyone.
3. Winging the interview.
2. Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates.
1. Not asking for the job.
What other mistakes do you think people make during their interview? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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