Common Interview Mistakes

Common Interview Mistakes


You've written an epic CV, you've found an awesome opportunity and you've been called to interview...don't get caught out. Watch out for these common interview mistakes:


Being Late

Being late is not a great first impression as it can add undue pressure and negatively impact your performance.

It is vital that you set an interview time and stick to it.  If you are interviewing at multiple places in a row, factor in the possibility of going over time and build this into your scheduling. Being prompt creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and sets the tone for a positive experience.

Being Underprepared

Not having read about the company before an interview is a huge mistake as it shows you haven’t valued the time they’ve dedicated to the process or worse, that you’re disinterested.

Preparing knowledge about the company also allows you to formulate specific questions around the company background designed to get the most out of the interview. It also gives you a positive insight into the culture of the business.

Focussing On Skills & Experience

While it is important to display your skills and experience for the role, the best interviews will have a mixture of both technical and behavioural-based questions to really determine a your  suitability.

What some lack in skills and experience they make up for in commitment and cultural contribution, so this approach allows you to why your the best fit for the business and whether you can grow in the role over time.

Throwing Curveballs
While some people argue that curveball questions help you separate the great from the good, no one is actually interested in the answers to these types of questions. They can sometimes showcase problem-solving skills, they generally just confuse interviewers and steers them off track.

Dominating The Conversation
An interview is a two-way street so not asking questions is a big faux pas.Candidates are encouraged to talk about 80% of the time which helps hiring managers  to gauge your level of interest, how inquisitive you are and your ability to question and process information.

Drawing The Process Out
Transparency around timelines is key, especially if you feel like you will be receiving multiple offers. Be sure to communicate how many stages there are in other interviews. Whether any testing is required and what the reference checking processes are, this way you can map out how long the process will take and weigh this alongside other prospective offers.

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by Matt Hill