8 Mistakes Not to Make in a Job Interview

What NOT to Do in a Job Interview

Dumb Job Interview
Dumb Job Interview

You landed a job interview, and you’re about to start.  You feel confident because you prepared yourself well keeping in mind Andrea’s interview tips seen in a recent post:

  • You learned a lot about the company from its website and other independent sources.
  • You used social media to find out even more about the company.
  • You read about the company’s key people in LinkedIn.
  • You’re ready to talk about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • You’ve prepared questions in advance.

You also put yourself in the right frame of mind by reviewing silly things people said in interview bloopers.

You prepared yourself even more by looking at some of the useful tips in Eric Kramer’s book, 101 Successful Interviewing Strategies. Kramer gives some great advice for preparing yourself physically, mentally, and tactically. He also offers timely suggestions for managing the interviewer by being curious and conversational.

Don’t make these 8 mistakes:

You may, however, still be nervous at start of the job interview.  Try to avoid making the following mindless mistakes that could close the door on your chances for getting the job.

    • You fail to make a clear connection between your experience, skills, and knowledge and the job description and qualifications for which the company is looking.
    • You fail to explain adequately why you don’t have much work experience,  even though the company realizes that you are a recent graduate.   Point any freelance or volunteer work you’ve done  to show that you have been productive.
    • You criticize or talk down colleagues or superiors that you worked with in previous projects.  You don’t want to burn your bridges.
    • You say things about yourself or a previous job experience that are not pertinent.  You want to focus on three things: a) that you can perform the tasks of the job and perform them well, b)  that you’re interested and motivated for the position, and c)  that you can fit well within the culture of the company.
    • You make a complicated task sound even more complicated when explaining it.  Use simple language that an 8-year-old would understand.
    • You say too many negative things about yourself.  Admit your weaknesses, but put them in a positive light.  For example, you could admit that you are impatient with colleagues who don’t meet deadlines.  This attitude shows that you may have leadership qualities the company is looking for.
    • You say that you don’t like taking risks.  If the job requires that you take initiative, you should be ready to talk about the situation in which you took a risk, and you succeeded.
    • You admit you have trouble working in teams.  But to counter this, think of a situation in which you disagreed with others and how you were able to reach a consensus.



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