Top 5 Mistakes Made During an Interview

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By the time we finish college, we are thrust into a world where we need to work to earn a living. We go to different companies and start interviews for application. Interviews are very anxious inducing situations that most people end up choking or they end up saying the wrong things. For others, no matter how many times they have done the interview they seem to fail. These are just a few mistakes that people tend to do when they are in an interview. Here are the top 5 mistakes made during an interview.

1. Overconfidence

Applicants especially those who want to transfer from one company to another find themselves thinking they are already qualified for the position. But, they will soon realize that there are also others that way more qualified for the position and they end up disappointed in themselves for not landing the position. Confidence can only get you to a point. Overconfidence does not.

Try to tone down your confidence and see where you need to use it during the interview process.

2. Not Asking Questions

Applicants rarely ask questions and that is a mortal mistake. Applicants should always ask questions regarding their position and how it works or anything under the sun as long as it is bound by the company’s rules. Most applicants think that an interview is a one-way process.

It is also a time for you to get to learn more about the company that you will be working in. Find out by asking questions.

3. Not Doing Research

This is one of the most common mistakes that people make during interviews. Most of the time, interviewers ask applicants what they think of the company or what the company’s visions are. Applicants break into a sweat when they themselves do not know what the company wants from them. This is because they do not have valuable information from the company. It is best that you do your homework before going out for an interview.

This way the company can truly value that you spend time checking them out rather than just charge out into the open hoping to land a job.

4. Posting Inappropriate Content in Social Media

Today, the fast-rising trend of social media has reached into the human resource office.

For those who are applying for a certain position, most interviewers often ask for your social media profile and most end up getting a no for an answer during deliberation.

This is because applicants tend to think that social media is a personal thing but, a company that values their employees would also like their employees to have values themselves. Therefore, clean up your Facebook or Twitter first before heading out for an interview.

5. Not Wearing the Right Attire

Most people tend to think that when doing an interview it needs to be the most formal setting. So, they usually break out their ties and suits out in order to dress to impress. But most likely, you are setting yourself up for failure. The first thing you need to do is to research the company first.

You need to identify if the company has a more laidback approach or the formal approach with their soon to be employees. The best way to do this is to find an attire that can be casual yet also appropriate for formal settings.

These are just a few of the things that applicants make during an interview. These mistakes should be identified before you step into the office and should be corrected. This way, you get to answer all questions and land the position you direly want.

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