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7 common job interview mistakes

Mustachguy_fingergun_380_crop380wShowing up late for an interview because you spent too much time trying to fix a bad hair day, may start you off on the wrong foot and make you feel less confident entering an interview. Agreeably, this is not an ideal curtain raiser, but believe it or not, it’s not an immediate disqualifier either. According to many employers, the most common detrimental mistakes candidates make in interviews are:

  • Inappropriate dress
  • Arrogance and/or aloofness
  • Uneducated about company and position
  • Negativity (particularly about previous employers)
  • Lacking specific examples of professional strengths and achievements
  • Rambling and offering too much unsolicited personal information
  • Accepting text message or phone call during interview

Knowing and avoiding these 7 simple mistakes can help put you on the right path toward a successful interview and hopefully a job offer.

Interview Tips

Top 10 Interview Questions

interview1Are you preparing for an upcoming job interview? It is likely you will be asked some of the following questions. If you plan your answers in advance, you will sound more articulate and confident in your responses. Be sure to give each question some thought before you head out for your next interview.

Here are the Top 10 Interview Questions:

1) Why should I hire you?

Use specific examples that showcase what you can do for the company by sharing what you’ve done in previous roles. They want to know how you will benefit them should they choose to hire you.

2) Give an example of a time when you showed initiative?

Think of an example of when you took action on the job and it resulted in a positive outcome.

3) What motivates you?

Take this opportunity to share work experiences or specific training you have undertaken to get where you are today. Show how you are passionate about the industry and driven to achieve set goals. Explain how you keep yourself productive at work.

4) How do you manage your time and prioritize tasks?

Employers want workers that are organized and manage their time effectively. Prove that you are highly capable by explaining how you currently manage your time and responsibilities, for example, “by using to-do lists”.

5) What is your main weakness?

You don’t want to highlight anything that may make the interviewer doubt your ability to do the job, but claiming you don’t have any flaws can come across as arrogant. Choose something that was once a weakness and explain how you overcame the issue, or focus on an area where there is room for improvement and explain how you are working on it.

6)  Have you ever had a bad experience with a previous employer?

Never bad mouth a former employer or colleagues; it doesn’t reflect positively on you. Also, you never know who your interviewer knows. Instead, share how you would resolve a conflict and/or approach a difficult issue at work.

7) Why do you think you will be successful at this job?

Spotlight the skills that will benefit you and your employer in the position you are applying for and how you will use them to excel on the job.

8) Have you interviewed elsewhere?

This may feel awkward to answer, but the interviewer assumes you’ve been applying for other jobs. Be honest and tell them you are exploring other opportunities in the industry to find one that fits your skills.

9) What salary do you think you deserve?

Be sure to research before the interview to find the salary range in your area for the position you seek. For the best chance of getting the salary you want, aim higher than average and then negotiate.

10) Where do you expect to be in five years?

Be sure to answer this question in relation to the company you are interviewing with. They may not hire someone who appears as if they will run off as soon as something else comes along.

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