Secrets of Successful Interviewing

Common Mistakes Made In Interviews

The information we will share with you within the pages of this book comes directly from real life experience. We have worked with many candidates with great experience and accomplishments who did not get the job or promotion they wanted due to their lack of interview skills. Surprisingly, many of them had sales and sales management backgrounds and thought a good personality, sales skills and solid work experience were all they needed to get the job or promotion they wanted.

Before we share the information that you will need for success while interviewing, please consider 25 of the most common mistakes that candidates make while interviewing:

  • A poorly structured resume
  • Not effectively communicating with recruiters or human resource representatives
  • Being late for an interview or missing a scheduled time to speak/meet
  • Dressing inappropriately
  • Failure to research the company prior to interviewing
  • Answering questions indirectly
  • Providing long-winded answers to questions and talking about yourself too much
  • Being defensive about your background or the hiring manager’s concerns
  • Asking poor questions—or no questions at all
  • Consistently interrupting the interviewer
  • Talking about money, days off and vacation early in the interview process
  • Not communicating good reasons for job changes
  • Making excuses for shortcomings in your experience or accomplishments
  • Not flushing out and overturning an interviewer’s objections
  • Low energy level
  • Not engaging the interviewer
  • Distracting behavior and poor body language
  • Not keeping the interviewer involved in the conversation
  • Mispronouncing the interviewer’s name or the name of the company
  • Failure to communicate interest in the job opportunity
  • Not linking your experience to what the hiring manager is looking for
  • Being negative about companies and managers you worked for in the past
  • Not building rapport with the interviewer
  • Not closing for a next step in the interview process
  • Poor follow-up

For more tips on successful interviewing keep our blog in mind! Have a very productive day. CERS