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Avoid these Five Interview Mistakes

There are so many things that could trip one up at an interview, and many fresh graduates do fall prey to one of these countless stumbling blocks – whether unwittingly or due to negligence. Being aware of these annoyances could be the first step to avoid rubbing your interviewer the wrong way and make the interview a positive experience for both you and your interviewer.

Not Doing Your Homework

Nothing irks an interviewer more than an applicant with scant knowledge about the company’s line of work and the nature of the prospective position. Many interviewers pose questions about the company to applicants. It often serves as a gauge of the level of interest, initiative and work attitude the applicant will display as a hired employee. Always go into an interview with a working knowledge of the company’s history, its business, and the role you are applying for.

Staying Glued to Your Phone

We know, it’s hard to tear your eyes away from that sleek 5.1-inch display. But to avoid coming across as distracted and unenthusiastic about the job, you should put your phone away until the end of the interview. It is unbecoming to constantly check your phone every other minute, or worse, have it bleep or ring abruptly during the interview. Your interviewer might also think that your phone will distract you at work if you are hired, and this certainly would not help your chances of securing the job.

(Not) Dressing Up

It’s always safer to overdress than underdress. Your interviewer could start off with a fairly negative impression of you if you show up in jeans and a T-shirt. Not only does it look unprofessional, you will seem unaware of business dress codes and etiquette. Worse, you might appear supremely unconcerned and negligent.

However, as with most things, it is important to exercise discernment. If you are interviewing for a creative agency known for its laidback culture and relaxed dress codes, showing up in a stuffy three-piece suit might not sit well with the interviewer. Make an effort to find out more about the company’s dress code requirements, and if in doubt, err on the side of caution and don semi-professional attire!

Neglecting Personal Hygiene

No interviewer wants to be stuck in a meeting room with someone who might have body odour. Apart from the unpleasant experience, it does not bode well for your future colleagues either. Unless you have an actual medical condition, your interviewer will view your negligence as a disturbing lack of attention to personal hygiene. They could then infer that you are generally a sloppy person who will be as unpleasant to work with as you smell.

Singing Your Own Praises

Nobody likes people who boast. An applicant who exaggerates his or her achievements and won’t stop singing their own praise will hardly earn a spot in the interviewer’s good books. In your overzealous quest for approval, you might just end up earning the opposite. State your qualifications and achievements plainly where relevant, and don’t dwell excessively on them.

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