Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
Alexander Graham Bell

Every one of us will participate in a job interview in our lives. This article gives some tips on how to avoid simple mistakes that many candidates make.
  1. Not doing your homework about a company – Always read and learn about the company before you go to your interview. The interviewer will probably ask, “Why do you want to work for this company?” and you need a strong answer. The more you know about the company, the more you can demonstrate how your work experience is relevant to the company and the position. Be prepared!
  2. Dress to impress – Some candidates go to job interviews wearing the wrong clothes. You should always dress nicely. Men need to wear a suit and tie and women should wear dress pants or dress skirt with dress blouse. Dress clothes show that you are serious about the job. This gives a good first impression, and first impressions are important.
  3. Do not talk negatively about your last job – Be careful what you say about your last employer. If you say bad things about your last job, the interviewer may think you will do the same if you leave this company.
  4. Arriving late – Never be late to a job interview. You should always arrive ten to fifteen minutes before the interview starts. Do not arrive earlier than that. Arriving late is a sign of disrespect and you will probably not get the job.
  5. Turn off your phone – Turn off your phone before the interview starts. The interviewer will consider this a sign of disrespect if you stop to answer or silence your phone during the interview. Not taking a phone interview seriously – Phone interviews are just as important as face-to-face interviews. Take them seriously. Make sure you go to a quiet room for the interview. If it is a video conference, make sure you have headphones and a webcam. You should have the video conference in a room that is not too dark or too light. If you can, sit with a wall behind you. The less distraction, the better. You still need to wear dress clothing for a video interview.
  6. Showing up tired – Make sure you try to get enough sleep the night before. You do not want to look tired in the interview. It is good to look and feel well rested.
  7. Too much cologne or perfume – A strong smell can distract or irritate the interviewer. Be cautious.
  8. Eye contact – It is important to make eye contact when you talk with the interviewer. This shows confidence and respect. If you only look at the floor while talking, you are giving the wrong message. You probably won’t get the job. Americans think that people who do not make eye contact are not telling the truth, or are hiding information.
  9. Not asking relevant questions - The interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Be ready with some questions about the position. This shows that you are interested in the job and company.
  10.  Avoid common answers – You will hear many of the same interview questions from interview to interview. Interviewers hear all types of answers. It is important to make your example sound different from the other answers that they hear
  11. Talk too much/talk too little – Some candidates talk a lot and some don’t talk at all. Make sure you are able to hold a conversation with the interviewer. It is important to give examples of your experience when you answer questions. Also, try to stay on topic. The interviewer will want to know that you can stay focused.

Good luck with your next interview and be prepared!