Job interviews are nerve wracking, but you can feel much more in control if you know what’s in store for you when you get there–and if you know what the most common job interview mistakes are, so you can avoid making them yourself. Here are the things that may make your potential employer scrap your application before the second round of interviews starts.
Not doing your homework.
Dude, at least research the company before you show up. If you have a long commute to get there, use that hour to read up on their work, policies, goals. If not? Wake up a little earlier. (It’ll also keep you calmer and help you get to the interview on time!)
Saying you want to work there because of “the location.”
Locations can change. Will you still be enthusiastic about the job itself? Having an office next to your favorite bar isn’t a reason to get a job there, especially when there are other applicants with better reasons: “I’m a perfect fit to suit your goals!” or “I won’t have to wear pants!” probably are a better sell. Really.
Lying about your skills.
It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow or the first day on the job, but you will get caught. And you’ll probably be miserable, too, because you’re going to be struggling to keep your head above water instead of thriving.
Talking smack about your prior employers.
Even if it’s true, don’t succumb to the urge. You’ll look meanspirited, and your potential employer may wonder why you complained instead of coming up with solutions.
Asking “How did I do?”
That’s like asking a guy if you look fat on a first date. You’re putting them on the spot and making them nervous–and also showing a lack of confidence, which is neither attractive to men nor to employers.
Not following up.
Send a thank you note, preferably handwritten. If your future employer is on the fence about you and another candidate, a measure as simple and thoughtful as this can give you the edge.