ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 Avoidable Interview Mistakes

Updated on July 18, 2011

Most of these are self explanatory, but me being me, I had to add a few lines

- Sharing too much personal information

In western cultures the questions wont even come up, but in India, you can be sure the HR manager will ask you about your family. It has something to do with them trying to find out about your mindset, which they feel comes from the family you were brought up in. So if you are a 'defense child' or a middle class family 'elder' child you will be more responsible. I honestly cant say how much of this is true, but I do know they will ask you that.
Try to give the bare minimum answer. Dont go on about how your kid sister just might be crazy because she spends all her time looking for junk jewelry or why you think you neighbors dog is the devil's personal servant.
Also when asked about your family it is generally a good idea to start with your father's occupation, designation, present company, education etc, move on to your mother and then to your siblings. You can generally leave out your siblings' children and your cousins. Also really do not offer medical histories until you are specifically asked to share them.

- Reaching late
There is no excuse. Go home if you are not on time. I suggest doing a recon a day before and getting there 15 minutes in advance. Think of all job interviews are international flights, very expensive international flights.

- Answering your phone in the interview
Switch it off. If not that, then turn it to silent and ensure the light does not flash through your pants or shirt pocket. It is really funny for me when I am trying to have a serious conversation and the applicant's phone decides to go disco in his pocket.

- Throwing names in the interview
I mentioned this before - http://www.myeclatcoach.com/2008/07/interview-skills-dropping-names-in.html
Really, dont. It is so not good to try and create relationships with the interviewer and definitely a bad idea to try and show how many celebs you know.

- Talking about how you have more offers than you can evaluate
Really? If you did would be here? Do you really want to tell us that you are here because you have nothing better to do? I find that applicants who talk about how they have so many jobs to choose from, keeping running into me at various client interviews. Apparently no one wants someone who is so wanted!

- No research
I wrote about how research could do wonders (click here). I also wrote about it here - http://www.prabhjotbedi.com/professional-articles/why-you-should-go-prepared-for-an-interview
Do the basics, visit the company website, find a friend who works there, check out the facebook page, see the linkedin profile of the manager you might meet.

- Bad mouthing previous employers
A strict no - no, even if I as the recruiter or interviewer instigate you. Bad mouthing is just wrong, it sends out warning signals.

- Divulging Secrets
Another strict no - no. I have to say here that I routinely use this route to get market information and competitor data. It seems to easy. All I have to do is ask someone the revenue break ups, the cost, what is bad, who the major clients are, what corporates rates etc. I once got someone to send us the complete accounts receivable files. We did not hire the person.
Refuse to part with sensitive information. here is a thumb rule - share what is in the public domain - i.e. knowledge that could be yours even if you were not working there.

- Interrupting the interviewer
This is not a strict no - no but really avoidable. Try and listen to the whole thing (even if it is a rant) and then respond like an adult. Remember many of us take stress interviews and behavioral interviews!

- Saying you have no weakness
Super man?! No, be frank, honest. It is a good thing to know yourself. Blind spots or delusions of grandeur can be damaging to your cause.

More Useful Articles

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      niice 

      7 years ago

      very niice!

    • profile image

      so_true 

      7 years ago

      so true!

    • profile image

      Wow_reader 

      7 years ago

      wow!

    • Nicky Smart profile image

      Nicky Smart 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      wow, i have not read this and still I am practicing all this trait.

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @gmat Jason

      thank you!

    • profile image

      gmat Jason 

      7 years ago

      I totally agree with these tips. I especially like that you mentioned doing research prior to the interview. This is just good common sense. Why would you not want to be prepared?

    • profile image

      rien 

      7 years ago

      brilliant!

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @reade

      thank you!

    • profile image

      reade 

      7 years ago

      awesome!

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @Ashish you are very right. Implementation is the key!

    • profile image

      Ashish Srivastava 

      7 years ago

      Every point is valuable. most of us know them but don't follow.

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @roerrorsomi Thank you!

    • roerrorsomi profile image

      roerrorsomi 

      7 years ago

      nice idea of hub. Thanks

    • profile image

      Kamall Arya 

      7 years ago

      The pleasure is all mine

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @Kamall Thank you!

    • profile image

      Kamall Arya 

      7 years ago

      Great article...a must read......keep up the good work bro.:)

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @Susie42 Thank you!

    • SUSIE42 profile image

      SUSIE42 

      7 years ago

      This was a well written hub. Very informative reading.

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @Ross brilliant!

    • profile image

      ross 

      7 years ago

      wow, i have not read this and still I am practicing all this trait.

    • prabhjotbedi profile imageAUTHOR

      Prabhjot Bedi 

      7 years ago from chandigarh

      @Crystolite Thank you!

    • crystolite profile image

      Emma 

      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Thanks a lot for this information.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)