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What You Should Never Do In Job Interviews

Updated on May 4, 2013

What You Should Never do in Job Interviews

What should you avoid doing in a job interview? Here is the list of interview mistakes you should avoid. Spending some time preparing for job interviews will definitely increase your chances of getting hired.

Compromised grooming

You should always look professional when entering the interview room. Even if that means brushing your teeth, comb your hair, touch up on your make up for the second time that morning in the office bathroom. You should look well-groomed, tasteful in your best business-attire. Choose attire that will not cause wardrobe malfunction; that will certainly ruin your chances of getting hired, if not getting hired for the wrong reason. Presentable look will give you that needed first impression for a good start.

Interrupt the interviewer

You should never interrupt the interviewer even if you think you get where they are going and have the most outstanding answer to their questions. Being interrupted can be the most annoying and disrespectful act you can do to the interviewer. Please listen with interest and let them finish the sentences.

Avoid overpowering perfume or cologne.

Generally, fragrances are not suitable for interview, unless you have bad body odor to get rid of. If that is the case, keep it mild. In worse case, the interviewers may be allergic to some fragrances.

Don’t put on heavy make-up

Unless your job requires you put on heavy make-up, the closer to natural you look, the more presentable you are.

Avoid facebooking, ipod, video games and phone calls while waiting to be interviewed

Show your respect and seriousness in getting this job as soon as you enter the building of the company by avoiding phone calls, ipod, facebooking and video games. Watching someone playing video games while waiting to be interviewed may leave people the impression that the person will be doing the same thing during their work days too. If you need to make urgent phone calls, ask if you can use a private area to do so.

Present yourself well as soon as you enter the building

You may not know who you run into on the elevator or staircase or even as you enter the building. You may want to leave good impression to anyone you meet. After the interview, maintain your best self until you are away from the building.

Don’t be late for the interview

Plan your trip such that you will reach there early, especially if it is a new area which you are unfamiliar with, and there is possibility that you may get lost.

Learn about the company

Don’t show up in the interview knowing nothing about the company. You should at least find out what is the core business of the company. You can easily perform a Google search and learn as much about the company as possible.

Don’t ask about Salary and Benefits

Never initiate the questions on salary and benefits. Your first interview should not be about what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company. Focus on selling yourself. The questions about salary and benefits will come to you eventually.

Avoid making derogatory remarks about your current or most recent company

Don’t talk about your bad experiences in the current or most recent company, or about how you dislike your bosses, no matter how right you think you are. It is sometimes a smaller world than you think and you don't know who your interviewer might know, that includes that boss whom you bad-mouthed. Instead of saying, “My boss is an idiot,” use more positive remarks, such as, “My boss has different management style than mine.” You are actually presenting unprofessional image when you make derogatory remarks, showing the aggressive and uncooperative side of you and that may bring down your chances of getting hired.

Avoid rambling or giving long-winded answer

If you have the habit of rambling, you will need to control yourself during the interview. While active participation is good, long winded answer will bore the interviewer. The interviewer really doesn't need to know your whole life story. You should respond to the interviewer questions with concise to-the-point and relevant answers. While a sense of humour can be a good thing, do ensure that it is not potentially offensive. When in doubt, don't.

Avoid talking too little

The whole purpose of an interview is for the interviewer to get to know you. Answering a question with a word or two will definitely not help much, but in fact frustrates the interviewer. It wouldn’t be pleasant. While talking too much is bad, talking enough is equally important. You should be responsive and answer the question fully to the best you can.


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