10 Common Job Interview Mistakes

A job interview is that test you never get results to evaluate unless you actually bagged the job. In fact, even if you do snag a work opportunity based on your job interview, there may be a few characteristics the employer might have liked about you or disliked. But what about those unfortunate ones who have been living without the glimmer of hope for a job, especially during peak recruitment period? What candidates often fail to understand is what they are doing wrong and why they aren’t being hired despite being the ideal one for the job. We’ve put some thought into this conundrum, gone back in time to all our failed interviews and enumerated the possible things and common interview mistakes to avoid.


  1. Keeping a set of banal responses

“I am determined, driven, capable…” are some of the adjectives printed on the first page of ‘Things To Say To Snag A Job In An Interview’. Okay, so that book is a figment of the imagination, as is your confidence that you will get the job with the use of those banal adjectives. Employers don’t want you to recite a carefully curated response to their questions. Sure, it’s nice to be prepared for an interview. But it is even better to have a good presence of mind and give the employer a better reason to hire you and not disregard you.

What do we learn? 

Avoid answer placards and challenge yourself.

  1. Extreme honesty could be harmful

Here’s where candidates often walk on thin ice. Lying is obviously not an option because, in any industry, employers find dirt on their employees in ways unimaginable. However, treading a safe path and keeping a control on your instincts – especially on the ones that propel you to blurt out unnecessary things – is the key to acing a job interview.

What do we learn?

Show credence but not cockiness.

  1. Lack of thorough research

Be it about the company or about your job profile, thorough research is essential. In fact, research is the first step when preparing for an interview.Employers always make it a point to ask the candidates whether they are aware of the company. They also expect you to know what you understand of the profile you’re applying for. Therefore, you cannot sit blankly in front of the interviewer, hoping for a tooth fairy to swing her wand and give you the answers.

What do we learn? 

Spend some time on the internet and learn about the company’s background and what the job entails.

  1. Unfocused answers

Interviewers don’t have all day. Apart from having a 10-minute chat with you in the meeting room, they have almost 10 hours of workload following their lead. Your lengthy and unfocused answers could lead them to believe that you’re unsure and uncertain. You’ll lose their attention which would culminate in you losing the job that could’ve been the one. 

What do we learn?

Empty your mind, keep a crystal clear focus and be attentive to comprehend what the interviewer is asking you.

  1. Poor grooming

You don’t want to be overly dressed or underdressed. This gives the employer a feeling that you’re either trying too hard or aren’t serious enough. It’s a double-edged sword with just one escape: dress appropriately and for god’s sake, put some gel on your frizzy locks!

What do we learn? 

Understand what kind of work-culture is followed in the place you have applied at and groom yourself accordingly.

  1. Repulsive body language

You’re not sitting in a park’s bench or opposite a date. You’re sitting in front of a person who might hire you based on not just your talent and skills but also your etiquettes. Slouching on the chair, looking laidback, scratching your head, all these petty activities need to find some other time to occur.

What do we learn? 

Follow a decorum and sit straight.

  1. Punctuality

Punctuality is highly regarded in any industry. You get extra brownie points just for being there on time. Before time is also a good thing but a nice 10-15 minutes of a buffer is something an employer would appreciate. Reaching down an hour early is just showing extreme eagerness which may not always be appreciated. Reaching after the given time is definitely a bad move.

What do we learn? 

Don’t be too late but don’t be too early too!

  1. Skipping breakfast

As per nutritionists, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What’s the point of mentioning that here? Well, skipping breakfast and going empty-stomached for an interview that could take more than the first half of the day would lead to dropping of the blood-sugar level. This will further result in the candidate lacking focus, irritation, impatience.

What do we learn? 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Listen to your mother and don’t skip that piece of bread.

  1. Fabrication of the resume

Lying is bad. But what’s worse is when that lie is caught. Therefore, don’t lie! Fabrication of the resume, adding skills you have no clue of, achievements you never knew existed in the first place, showcasing yourself as a person you aren’t, is all a big no. Employers know when someone is lying and when they catch your lie, it will be ugly.

What do we learn? 

You lie in your resume, they’ll catch you (and yes, they most definitely can).

  1. Poor personal hygiene

Burps, farts and other such unsanitary actions not only disgust your little sister but also your employer. Nobody would want to work with a person who has a bad personal hygiene. It’s a simple mentality that we all follow, if you can’t take care of your own self, can you really take care of the work that you’ll be allocated?

What do we learn? 

Clear your stomach before the interview or just reschedule!


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