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3 mistakes to avoid during a job interview

By David Lawrence |

Job interviews can be an extremely daunting experience, as first impressions count. In this blog, we've put together a list of three mistakes to avoid during a job interview.


Being unprepared


One of the most crucial things you need to do before arriving for your job interview is to prepare for the questions you are about to be asked and to do your research about the role and the company itself. Find out who the company's competitors are, its place in the market and who its key members are before you arrive, as failing to prepare for your interview will make you appear uninterested and lazy. It's also essential that you plan your route to the interview location beforehand so that you can ensure that you will arrive on time to demonstrate your enthusiasm.

Criticising previous employers


Complaining about the negative experiences or unpleasant colleagues or employers you had at your previous job is best avoided. Being overly negative can give the interviewer the wrong impression of you and can make them question what you might say about them behind their back. No matter how poor your previous job was or whatever the reason was that you decided to leave, it's always a good idea to be diplomatic. You don't want any potential employers to perceive you as complaining or disloyal, so it's best to focus on how you overcame any challenges that you encountered in your previous job to demonstrate your proactiveness.

Failing to ask questions


As your interview comes to an end, your interviewer will likely ask if you have any questions for them. Asking questions at the end of your interview gives you the opportunity to find out more about the role and the company, so make sure that you take that chance. Asking a few relevant questions can demonstrate your interest in the role and the company as a whole, so consider asking about opportunities for progression or about any projects your potential team is currently working on.

 

 

David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.

 

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