10 things you should not do in a Job interview

Showing up late, forgetting a copy of your
resume, having a bad hair day…these are all
reasons you might not feel as confident as
you'd like to when you're in your next job
interview, but they're not immediate
disqualifiers. According to employers ,
top most detrimental blunders candidates
make in interviews are often the most
Have you made any of these mistakes?
Here are the top 10 things NOT to do in your
next job interview:

1. Appear disinterested
Fifty-five percent of hiring managers say
this is a big deal-breaker in an interview,
and we can't blame them for saying this is
the No. 1 thing you should not do in an
interview. If you're this bored in an
interview, how will you act on the job?
Employers want somebody who will bring
energy and focus to their team, and will
engage with the job. Acting disinterested, or
failing to show enthusiasm for the
opportunity, only signals to employers that
you're not interested in this job—and they'll
find a candidate instead who is.

2. Dress inappropriately
Wearing clothes that are too tight or too
loose, too dressy or too casual, or wearing
brands and logos in professional settings is
a bad sign, according to 53 percent of hiring
managers. But before you accuse your
interviewer of playing fashion police instead
of interviewing you about your skills,
remember why they even care about your
appearance: They're evaluating your
judgment and how you'd appear to
customers. Do you show you can fit in with
company culture? Are you there to bring
professionalism to the organization? Dress
the part.

3. Appear arrogant
This turn-off bothers 53 percent of hiring
managers, who would rather hear about
your accomplishments in the context of how
you helped the organization, compared to a
list of bragging rights. Frame your big wins
in the company's overall success: your
impressive sales numbers attributed to the
company's biggest year in earnings, for

4. Talk negatively about current or previous
Half of hiring managers (50 percent) said
this is a red flag when meeting with
potential hires. No surprise there. Why
would they want to be your new employer
when your old employer is taking all the
blame for your career's negatives? If
there's bad blood between you and an old
employer or workplace, simply state a
difference in personalities or work culture,
and emphasize that this organization and
you are a much better fit for both your
strengths and weaknesses.

5. Answer a cell phone or text during the
About equally as rude as speaking
negatively about old employers is checking
or using your phone, according to 49 percent
of hiring managers surveyed. This is a
simple fix. Do NOT use your phone at all
during the interview, as it's rude and
discourteous to your interviewer's time.
Turn it off (or on silent if you must have it
on) before you enter the building or get on
the phone or webcam for your in-person or
digital interview. Either way, you should not
be using your phone at all during an

6. Appear uninformed about the company or
You may think you can fake it till you make
it, but 39 percent of hiring managers will
disagree with your strategy if you appear
uninformed about the company or the role
you're interviewing for. Before your
interview, research every aspect: who you'll
be interviewing with, what the role's
responsibilities are, any major news about
the organization and a background
knowledge of its industry.

7. Avoid providing specific examples
Thirty-three percent of hiring managers say
this is a problem, since they want to hear
exactly how you demonstrate your qualities
of being a "hard-working, energetic, driven
team-player." Did you implement a new
employee engagement perk or group? Did
you earn recognition or awards for your
achievements? Get specific when you're
explaining your strengths and

8. Ask generic questions (or none at all)
Similar to being ignorant to what the
organization or role does, asking generic
questions (or none at all) signals to the
interviewer you probably don't understand
or aren't interested in the job—which is a
problem according to 32 percent of hiring
managers. Demonstrate your knowledge by
asking specific questions about on-the-job
duties, as well as any questions you may
have about the organization or style of

9. Provide too much personal information
Oversharing is something to avoid,
according to 20 percent of hiring managers.
You don't need to go into detail about
personal hobbies or family anecdotes in an
interview. Simply be yourself and let your
personality and confidence speak for

10. Ask the hiring manager personal
About as bad as oversharing is over-asking,
according to 17 percent of hiring managers.
Asking the hiring manager personal
questions doesn't establish a connection
between you two—it just makes your
interviewer uncomfortable and show you
don't have a good sense of business
manners. When in doubt, err on the side of
caution and professionalism.

Avoiding these 10 pitfalls can put you on a
much more successful trajectory towards
having a successful interview and potential
job offer.


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