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• Lack of Preparation
Not being prepared is just about the biggest mistake you can make when it comes to job interviews. You need to prepare
for an interview in the same way you would prepare for an exam. When you are offered an interview, make sure you
ask what form the interview is going to take so you can prepare. E.g. is it going to be a one on one interview? Will it be
a group interview? Who will be attending the interview, and what are their positions? Not being able to answer basic
interview questions such as “What do you know about this company?” creates the impression that you don’t care, and it
can end your chances immediately.
• Dressing Inappropriately
You make your greatest impact on the interviewer in the first 10 seconds, and you want that first impression to be strongly
positive. Dress for the occasion. You will certainly need to wear a suit if you are interviewing for professional position.
When interviewing for another type of job, such as a casual summer job as a lifeguard or waitress, for example, dress
accordingly in neat and casual attire.
This includes badmouthing your current or former employers, employees or even the competition. Nobody likes a
complainer and it portrays a negative image of your personality. In the world we live in, you never know who your
interviewer might be friends with or who the company’s clients are. You don’t want the interviewer to think that you
might speak that way about his or her company in the future.
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• Poor body language
• Using constant slang
• Crossing your arms
• Nervous gestures e.g. playing with your hair
• Using your hands too much when talking • Don’t be rude or abusive
You would expect this to be obvious, however an interviewer will want to test your patience and see how you react to
their questions. Losing your temper, becoming defensive, and acting abusive are the best ways to not get hired. No matter
how calm or apologetic...
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- Fall '13