Avoid These 5 Interview Mistakes At All Costs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Interviews, interviews, interviews!

Graduating seniors are interviewing for graduate schools and jobs.

Undergraduates such as myself are interviewing for internships and executive board positions for the upcoming summer and academic year.

While I spend my time interviewing others for a living, I still consider myself a fairly well-spoken interviewee. However, I still trip up every once in a while. No one is perfect.

Here are a few tips to help you through whatever interviews may come your way!

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Congratulations! You’ve landed a face-to-face interview. You successfully navigated your way past capricious candidate screening software and overwhelmed HR employees to earn a meeting with the hiring manager.

So don’t squander the opportunity. Careful preparation will dramatically increase the odds you’ll perform well and leave the hiring manager with a positive impression, even if you don’t win the job or if you decide it’s not right for you.

Where do candidates stumble? Here are the most common mistakes I’ve seen across thousands of interviews:

1. Show Up Unprepared
There’s no excuse for a lack of preparation. It’s always obvious to the interviewer, and makes the candidate come off as disinterested or just lazy. You can bet that “disinterested” and “lazy” are not on the list of attributes they seek in an employee.

Do your homework. Before arriving at the interview learn everything you can about the company and the hiring…

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