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The 5 Deadliest Mistakes you can Make at a Job Interview

Many people who walk into a job interview are often confused about what it should entail. They often think of it like a citizenship test. They believe if they study hard for it, know the right answer to give for each question, they'll walk away from it with the job they desire.

This isn't the case. For one thing, everyone has a chance of making it when it comes to a citizenship test. If you walk into the room and take a quiz on life in UK, you and ten other people can walk out as British citizens. A job interview is much different because there are only a certain number of open positions available. You have to be the best if you want to earn a spot.

And you definitely don't want to give the same answers to the questions asked as everyone else. You want to be different. You want to stand out. You want your image and your words to be so compelling that they have no other choice but to hire you. Otherwise, you disappear into a sea of other job-seekers.

Mistakes to Avoid

When you're attempting to get hired on for a position, there are several mistakes that you need to avoid, including the following.


Failing to Wear Proper Attire- What you wear is important, but it's especially vital when you're going in for an interview. Your attire can not only help you look your best, but it can also help you stand out from the crowd. When dressing for an interview, remember these basics:

  • Choose an ensemble that will reflect the job you are applying for. Do you want to work on a farm? Wear a nice pair of jeans and a tweed jacket to your interview. Want to work in a corporate office? Suits are the only way to go.


  • Avoid the wrinkles and stains at all costs. It's all about looking presentable. When you have a stain on your men's tweed jacket or your men's suits look wrinkled, you aren't making a good first impression. While you want to be memorable, you don't want the hiring manager to remember you as “mustard stain guy.”


  • Watch the fit. When it comes to tweed jackets, suits, chinos, and even casual shirts, fit is always essential. When your clothing fits well, it hangs correctly on your body and makes you look proper and professional.


Neglecting the Basics- When you arrive at the interview, you have to be prepared for it. It doesn't matter if you're wearing the best in men's suits, if the first question you ask is what the company does. This is something you have to know beforehand. It's your job to do as much research as possible before the interview and understand the business the company is in. This will help you ask the right questions when you get there.


Not Having any Questions- Not having any questions prepared to ask during the interview is just as bad as asking the wrong ones. Companies want to hire people who are interested in the work they do, and the best way to show interest in the company is to ask questions. Come with a list prepared, but also take queues from the conversation and develop a few organic questions along the way.


Answering, Then Going Silent- An interview may seem like a test, but it's not like any exams you had during your time at the University. This means that when you're asked a question, there is no automatic correct answer that you can give. It also means that when you answer a question that your interview has asked, you shouldn't just go silent after a quick reply.


Invest in the answer. If it helps, think of the interview as a conversation. It's all about getting to know each other. The hiring manager is getting to know you, and you are getting to know the company you hope to work for. In order for this conversation to go well, you can't just sit there in silence and rely on one person to do all the talking. You have to invest in the conversation as well.


Grovelling- Grovelling is a term that is used to describe someone that is begging or cowering. You don't want this word to describe you, do you? This means that while you have your own brain and know what you want to do, you take clues from everything the interview says or does and change your attitude or opinion simply to please them.


Let me tell you, grovelling, even when done in beautiful men's suits, never looks good. Let's say for a moment that you are attempting to get a job as an accountant. You have the background, the experience, and the education, but you absolutely hate working with numbers. You didn't find this out until after graduating from the University, but it still holds true. So, why are you applying for an accountant position? Because you need the money, you need a job, and this is the job you're qualified to do.

So, you walk into your interview ready to say anything and do anything to get that position. Sure, you know you'll hate it within the first day, but you can't just sit at home all day twiddling your thumbs, right?


This isn't the way you should approach a job. The energy has to be right for both parties. You need to be excited about the chance to make a different in your field, to share your skills, your intellect, your instinct, with others. If that energy isn't right, you need to move on and find where you'll fit in.

Worried about your upcoming interview? While there are several things that can go wrong, they don't have to. Just remember to be prepared, choose the right men's suits, tweed jackets, or chinos, and always treat the interview as a conversation instead of a test. With these few tips, you'll soon meet your next employer.

By Brook Taverner 22 December 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments