5 Worst Interview Mistakes to Avoid

In this article, you’ll learn five of the most common job interview mistakes that people make and how to avoid them and if you stick around until the end I have a free guide just for you that will help you survive your job search journey.

You want to get a job offer and you don’t want to make mistakes. So let’s jump into the five most common job interview mistakes that people make and how you can avoid them.

Common Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

5. Not Being Prepared

One of the first things you want to do before you even go to the job interview is to learn everything you can about the company and the position that you are applying for. Make sure you visit the company’s website to get a good idea of what their core values are.

Find out what their mission is and then thoroughly review the job posting so that you have a good understanding of what their pain points are and what they are looking for in a successful candidate.

4. Not Planning Ahead

You want to give yourself enough time so that you can arrive at the interview at least 15 minutes before it starts. Map out how long it will take you to get to your destination and then add any extra time for traffic or walking.

Also have other documents available such as a reference sheet or any letters of recommendation that you might want to provide to your interviewer on the day of the interview.

3. Not Dressing Appropriately

Now first impressions are everything and trust me you want to look sharp and well put together on interview day. So to properly plan your interview attire, make sure you research the company culture ahead of time.



You want to find out if the interview you are going on is more of a professional business environment or is it going to be more of a casual interview. Either way, dress appropriately for the position you are applying for.

2. Not Being Prepared To Answer Common Interview Questions

Before you go to your interview, you want to make sure that you’ve practiced your response to common questions like “tell me about yourself” or “what are your greatest weaknesses?” or “why do you want to work here?”

Chances are your interviewer will ask some of these questions so you want to make sure you’re prepared to answer these questions as efficiently as possible without rambling. To better prepare for these questions jot down stories that show how you’ve solved problems in the past.

A good way to keep track of these stories is to use the notes app in your phone, whenever a story it comes to mind that you think you should share during your interview.

1. Not Asking Questions During The Interview

One of the worst things you can do is not prepare a set of questions to ask your interviewer. This will make it seem like you’re genuinely not interested in the position.

So to show that you’re interested in the position, prepare a set of questions ahead of time. This will turn your interview into a two-sided conversation and it will help you decide if you even want to work there. Now I’ve got you covered here as well.

Bonus Tip: I’m compelled to share one last bonus tip that will sound like common sense but here it is. Turn your cell phone off or put it on do not disturb. The last thing you want is for an interruption or a distraction during your interview.



I have a question for you. What mistake have you made in a job interview before? Comment below. I would love to know.

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