5 Job Interview Mistakes To Avoid

The interview is one of the most critical parts of the job application process. If you say the wrong thing or do not convince the employer that you are the right person for the position, you probably will not get hired. It is important to be fully prepared, so you avoid making common mistakes. Here are five job interview mistakes you should not make:

Talking Poorly About Former Employer

Even if your previous boss was a nightmare, you should avoid saying anything negative about him or her during the interview. If you talk badly about a former employer, the interviewer may think you have a bad attitude and will badmouth future employers. 

Knowing Nothing About the Company

The employer will likely ask you what you know about the company during the interview. If you struggle to come up with an answer, the interviewer may assume you are not truly passionate about the position. Take the time to find out the company's mission statement, office environment and other important information before the company. If you know a lot of key facts about the business, the employer will be impressed. 

Asking About Company Benefits Too Soon

It is typically not a good idea to ask about vacation time and other company benefits during the first interview. If you do, the employer will think you are only looking out for yourself. Do not talk about benefits until the employer brings it up. 

Talking Too Much

While it is important to answer the interviewer's questions thoroughly, there is such a thing as being too talkative. If you get sidetracked and ramble on about your personal life, for example, you will look unprofessional. Try to keep your answers as brief as possible.

Failing to Prepare Questions

At the end of the interview, the employer will likely ask if you have any questions. If you have no questions prepared, the interviewer might think you don't care about the position. It is wise to prepare at least a few questions for the interview, such as, "What is the training process like?" or "What growth opportunities does the company offer?"

Job interviews can be pretty nerve-wracking, but you can't let yourself get too stressed out. If you get plenty of rest the night before, research information about the company and practice your interview questions, you will be more confident and less likely to make mistakes during the interview. For more advice, contact a staffing agency.   

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