Most com­mon mis­takes dur­ing a job in­ter­view

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Nisha Bha­tia

tress, anx­i­ety and ner­vous­ness: these are the feel­ings com­monly as­so­ci­ated with job in­ter­views. Yes, you re­ally want that job. But what you need is to re­main calm and go well pre­pared.

We bring you the most com­mon mis­takes you must steer clear of dur­ing a job in­ter­view.

Arm it with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, and you are on the right track!


It is tempt­ing to lie to leave a good im­pres­sion on the in­ter­viewer. But, sadly, it doesn't work. By all means, gloss over the un­flat­ter­ing parts. Af­ter all, you need to look good in front of your prospec­tive em­ployer. How­ever, re­frain from out­right fib­bing.

Bitch­ing about pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers

You may be fed up with your cur­rent job and would give any­thing to leave be­cause they've treated you badly. But a job in­ter­view is NOT the time to seek re­venge. Re­mem­ber, the in­ter­viewer is scru­ti­n­is­ing ev­ery­thing that you say or do. They may try to put you at ease and get you to open up, but any neg­a­tive or ca­sual re­mark about your pre­vi­ous em­ployer will leave a wrong im­pres­sion on your prospec­tive one. The in­ter­viewer will not sym­pa­thise.

Be­ing too pally

As a thumb rule, al­ways avoid crack­ing jokes about sen­si­tive top­ics and or be­ing too pally with the in­ter­viewer: po­lite and friendly is enough. If you feel you came across as rude, then apol­o­gise calmly and move on with the in­ter­view. At all times, stay pro­fes­sional.

Be­ing too ner­vous or over- con­fi­dent

Hir­ing de­ci­sions are of­ten made within the first few min­utes of the in­ter­view, based on the first im­pres­sion. There­fore, if you ap­pear too ner­vous, the in­ter­viewer will think you're not con­fi­dent enough to do the job. How­ever, ap­pear­ing too con­fi­dent will make them think you won't fit into the team. If in­ter­view nerves are an is­sue for you, it's worth get­ting help from a pro­fes­sional coach.

Not be­ing thor­ough with your CV

Carry the rel­e­vant ver­sion of your CV, and re­mem­ber what you have men­tioned there. Job seek­ers of­ten can't re­mem­ber what they wrote in their CV. Also, do your home­work about the com­pany, job de­scrip­tion and in­ter­viewer.

Crib­bing and com­plain­ing

The jour­ney to the in­ter­view lo­ca­tion may have been a nightmare: the traf­fic on the road was end­less, the metro/sub­way was late, or what­ever. Re­mem­ber, the in­ter­viewer does not want to hear that! Com­plain­ing, even in jest, is not a rec­om­mended ice­breaker. Even if harm­less, it might turn off the in­ter­viewer. Don't let com­plain­ing and crib­bing set the tone for the in­ter­view! Com­pa­nies re­alise the im­por­tance of in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships in the work en­vi­ron­ment. So if they ask you about dif­fi­cult peo­ple or sit­u­a­tions, make sure you hold back from char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion and blam­ing oth­ers for prob­lems. It will not re­flect favourably on you! If you ac­ci­den­tally do break this rule, apol­o­gise and cover up by ex­plain­ing what you 're­ally' meant.

Blam­ing oth­ers

Not will­ing to say sorry

Some­times, what we say may be mis­con­strued. It doesn't mat­ter what you in­tended, what counts is how the other per­son re­acts. Leave your ego be­hind and be pre­pared to sim­ply say 'sorry, that's not what I meant!' This re­quires you to ac­tu­ally be pay­ing at­ten­tion to the in­ter­viewer, rather than your own thoughts and feel­ings. Once you've apol­o­gised, leave it there, take a deep breath to help you re­lax and move on with the job in­ter­view. Good luck!

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