15. Showing up late: When you were in high school; tardiness got you detention, in college you would have missed the footnotes to review for the exam, but in the real world your punishment is worse….not getting the job you want. Being tardy tells your potential boss that you didn’t care enough to be on time. In the event that you know you’re going to be late, call ahead and tell the receptionist the situation.
14. Don’t forget to shake hands: It’s one of those things that you don’t even think of, but when you see your interviewer make sure you greet them with a firm handshake; it says a lot about your character.
13.Using Vulgar Language: It should be obvious that when you go to an interview you need to make a good impression, using foul language is not appropriate when trying to do so. Be mindful of what you are saying to your interviewer he/she may be offended.
12. Preparation is key: When you schedule an interview make sure you give yourself several days to prepare for the job interview. This will give you time to review your resume and learn as much as you can about the company and its mission statement. This will give you an edge above the competition.
11. Bringing only one copy of your resume: Do not assume you will have one interviewer. Most companies now a days have a panel of interviewers when choosing a candidate. So bring enough for everyone.
10. Losing focus: When the interviewer goes over the job obligations and requirements make sure to be engaged, keep eye contact and pay attention. The last thing you want happening is for the interview to see that you are not interested. Keep in mind that you are being judged on how well you are able to retain information.
9. Not asking questions: It is a well known fact that most interviews don’t just want to talk about the company and the position, but in fact would like to know what you are interested in and why this job interests you as well as why you are the best choice for the job.
8. Keepit simple: Make sure when you are answering a question that you get right down to the issue, don’t beat around the bush. Most interviewers like simple concise answers. Answer the questions as best you can, and if you don’t understand the question as them to repeat the question in another way. This is perfectly fine to do, wouldn’t you rather understand the question being asked and give a great answer.
7. Cut the interview short: Going on a job interview is not just a simple meet and greet. You are required to spend a day with a number of employees answering questions as well as scoping out the environment for yourself. This includes morning interviews, lunch with potential colleges and important HR meetings. If you look anxious or short, it may come off that you are not interested and potentially rude.
6. Smoke or drink alcohol: If you are invited to go to a lunch interview, make sure to act professionally. Most business meetings occur during lunch time, it gives a more relaxed atmosphere and easier way to talk about business. Now be careful, sometimes employers like to test the waters to see how you would handle yourself if this was a potential business meeting. Just because they are picking up the tab, doesn’t mean you should indulge in a few dirty vodka martinis.
5. Don’t lack on first impressions: Think your appearance doesn’t count? Think again! Wearing a suit to a job interview is classy, and if you want to incorporate your style, add a pop of color or a nice accessory to match.
4. Speak poorly of a former employer: This is the worst thing you could do during your interview. When you are asked why you left your previous employer, don’t go off on a tangent about how you disliked your previous boss. One should grow from their previous experiences, not reflect poorly upon them. Highlight some of the key points that were holding you back, which led to your decision of finding a new job.
3. Discussing benefits, money and time off: While you are in the room being interviewed, the question on the tip of your tongue is what is the starting salary? Hold off until you get a job offer, there is no point in discussing finances on the first interview.
2. Lying: Do not lie on your resume or at the interview. Your credentials are important, lying about education or past employment could have severe repercussions. Background checks are conducted now a days and lying could be grounds for termination later on.
1. Don’t forget to follow up: Always send an email to your interviewer. Thank them for taking time to sit down and speak with you about the positions. This will show the employer that you are serious about this job.