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5 Common Mistakes People Make During a Job Interview

Aug 2, 2017 | Harrison College

5 Common Mistakes People Make During a Job Interview

In today's job market, landing an interview is something to be celebrated. Not only are you up against other qualified applicants, you may also have to beat a computer program ciphering through a multitude of applications.

Today's technology programs are designed to capture key words that meet predetermined specifications. Great candidates may be disqualified without human eyes ever seeing their resume.

If your resume makes the cut, you'll most likely garner a phone interview. Pass this test and you'll make it to an in-person interview.

Now that you are one step closer to landing the position, read on to see what costly mistakes you should avoid in your interview.

1. Failing to Follow the Recruiter's Advice

In today's fast paced job recruiting process your first interaction may be via a phone interview with a recruiter.  

The recruiter may or may not work for the company you are seeking employment with. Their job is to determine if you are a good candidate for the position.

If the recruiter likes you, he or she may give you tips on how to get through your in-person job interview. They have inside knowledge on the company and know what the hiring manager wants in an employee.

Pay close attention to what they have to say.  

2. Not Researching the Company

It is common for recent college graduates to focus all of their attention on getting a job. Hopefully, you have researched a company before submitting an application for employment. If not, please do so before your job interview.

One question you're sure to be asked, "Why do you want to work for us?"  

If you do not know the company's core values or culture, it will not bode well in your interview.

3. Arriving Late for the Job Interview

We only get one shot at making a good first impression. Arriving late for an interview is a huge mistake.

With so many people bidding on a single position, you want to make sure you are well prepared for your interview. Always plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and follow these tips:

  • Confirm the interview time.
  • Map out your drive for the day and time of your meeting.
  • Have an alternate route just in case.

4. Not Knowing the Specifics of the Position

Job titles can be deceiving. The title may mirror a previous role you have held, but it doesn't mean it's the same position.

Do your research. If you do not have a full job description ask the hiring manager for one prior to your interview.

Never enter an interview unprepared. 

5. You Haven't Learned How to Market Yourself

Interviews are your chance to sell yourself. If you're not excited about your accomplishments, don't expect potential employers to be either.

Determine what makes you stand out in a sea of similar fish, and convince your future employer that you will be a great asset to the company.

Avoiding these 5 mistakes will have you in contention for your new career.

If you're looking for more career advice, visit the Harrison College career help page, for additional information.

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