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THE WORST (AND MOST COMMON) JOB INTERVIEW MISTAKES

  • Arriving late.
  • Arriving too early.
  • Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
  • Bad-mouthing your last boss.
  • Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
  • Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
  • Forgetting the name of the person you’re interviewing with.
  • Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
  • Wearing sunglasses.
  • Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
  • Failing to research the employer in advance.
  • Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
  • Inquiring about benefits too soon.
  • Talking about salary requirements too soon.
  • Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
  • Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
  • Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
  • Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
  • Asking too many questions.
  • Asking no questions at all.
  • Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
  • Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
  • Talking more than half the time.
  • Interrupting your interviewer.
  • Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.
  • Yawning.
  • Slouching.
  • Bringing along a friend, or your mother.
  • Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
  • Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
  • Saying “you know,” “like,” “I guess,” and “um.”
  • Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
  • Asking to use the bathroom.
  • Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
  • Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
  • Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
  • Taking a seat before your interviewer does.
  • Becoming angry or defensive.
  • Complaining that you were kept waiting.
  • Complaining about anything!
  • Speaking rudely to the receptionist.
  • Letting your nervousness show.
  • Overexplaining why you lost your last job.
  • Being too familiar and jokey.
  • Sounding desperate.
  • Checking the time.
  • Oversharing.
  • Sounding rehearsed.
  • Leaving your cell phone on.
  • Failing to ask for the job.