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Mistakes You Should Avoid During A Job Interview:

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It is easy to fall into a defeated mental place when making an easily avoidable job interview mistake, which can be a hard state of mind to turn around. Here are common mistakes people make during interviews and what you should do instead.

Don’t Arrive late
It's very important to arrive at your interview on time or slightly early. Arriving on time shows the interviewer that you are punctual and value their time.

Don’t Dress Inappropriately
Always look professional for an interview, even if it is for a company with a casual dress code. Wearing formal business attire shows employers that you are serious about this role and have a sense of professionalism. Feel confident and prepared by choosing your outfit and ironing it well in advance.

Don’t Lose your focus
Make sure to get enough sleep and eat a nutritious meal before your interview. It's important that you appear refreshed and focused during your interview. Make sure to listen to everything the interviewer says so you know which questions to ask them and what information you should share with them. Make an effort to appear enthusiastic about the position. Use active listening skills to show you're interested in what the interviewer is saying.

Be Sure of Your resume facts
Get to know the details of your resume before your interview. Know things such as prior employment, previous tasks and important dates. Bring a printed copy of your resume in a professional-looking folder, so you can read it over while you wait for your interview. You could also bring an extra copy for the interviewer in case they need one.

Don’t Speak poorly of previous employers
Instead of speaking poorly of previous employers, share what you learned from your work experiences. Try to focus on the skills you developed and what you plan to do in your new role. If they ask you questions such as, "Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult coworker" or "How do you handle working with people you disagree with?" try to find a way to answer these questions positively. This shows interviewers that you have conflict-resolution skills and can work well with others.

Prepare for common questions
Before your interview, search for common questions for your particular job title and other general interview questions. Prepare answers for each of these questions. Having responses in mind can help you appear more confident and qualified. Practice your responses by asking a family member or friend to do a mock interview with you.

Don’t Focus too much on yourself
Rather than solely focusing on how this role can benefit you, think of the value that you can add to the company. This shows interviewers that you are committed to their company's mission and goals. Explain what you contributed to your previous roles and share what qualities help you collaborate with your coworkers.

Avoid Asking overly personal questions
Make sure the questions you are asking the interviewer are professional and appropriate. Save learning more personal details about the interviewer for later if you get the job. Focus on questions about the company and, if you want to ask questions about the interviewer, make sure they related to the company or the role in question. Here are some useful questions you can ask during an interview:
• What is the company culture like here?
• How would you describe the management style here?
• What is your favorite aspect of this company?
• What are the company's most important goals right now?
• What would my average workday look like in this role?
• Who would I directly report to?
• Can you tell me a little more about the team I would be working on?

Poor body language
When you walk into your interview, greet the interviewer with a firm handshake while making eye contact. Say something like, "Hello, I'm [name]. It's very nice to meet you." Then, once you sit down, make sure you are sitting up straight in your chair. Practice keeping a good posture before your interview. Make sure to keep regular eye contact throughout the interview and smile to show your enthusiasm about the job. As the interviewer speaks, use head nodding and other cues to show you're listening.

Neglecting to follow up
After the interview, send the interviewer an email or neatly handwritten note. Thank them for their time and reiterate your interest in the role. Share something specific about the role that makes you excited about this opportunity. Include something you learned during the interview to show that you were paying attention.


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Posted by: @feilhr

Don’t Focus too much on yourself

Lol! This one reminded me of one lady i was interviewing, I asked her why does she think i should give her the job in the midst of every other person here and she said: "Because i have kids and i need the job to be able to take care of them." Companies are not charity organisations looking for whom to sympathize with, they are looking for who to help them move their company forward... at this question, your answer should be for you to list all those skills that you have and explain how it will benefit the company if they employ you into that position that you are applying for.

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Then another avoidable mistake is when you're been asked why your salary should be increased, don't say its because your house is far from the place of work, therefore the salary should be increased.

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