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Here’s how to fix 5 common interview mistakes

Published Dec 30, 2017, 10:12 am IST
Updated Dec 30, 2017, 10:18 am IST
While a person may have required skills, knowledge, capability and experience for job, many times they fail to sell these to recruiter.
Despite any amount of rehearsals, one cannot anticipate what actually would happen inside an interview chamber.
 Despite any amount of rehearsals, one cannot anticipate what actually would happen inside an interview chamber.

We have all been there -- the nervousness, the dreaded anticipation, each second that passes feels like a million hours. Here we thought that the days of dread in school examinations were over, and behold, interviews for jobs sneak in.
Most times people leave interviews with more questions in their minds than those they answered.

They might think of whether they dressed properly or did they answer all questions. Despite any amount of rehearsals, one cannot anticipate what actually would happen within the hallowed halls of an interview chamber.


And while a person may have everything they need to succeed – skills, knowledge, capability and experience – on many occasions they fail to sell these to the recruiter/ hiring manager.

Here are a few tips to help interview candidates succeed:

Avoiding eye contact: A lot of time one blunder that interview candidates make is in avoiding eye contact. Avoiding eye contact is perceived to indicate lack of confidence and honesty in a candidate. This is why more than 70 per cent employees reject a candidate. Candidates should actually practice and make conscious effort to maintain eye contact during an interview.

Maligning previous job/ job role: A lot of times candidates end up leaving negative remarks about their previous organisations. It is important not to make negative remarks about past managers and companies. Even if the concerned individuals or companies have a bad reputation, maintaining a neutral stance is better. Speak diplomatically about former employers. Criticising past managers or colleagues not only makes you look bad, but also creates a negative impression of you in the hiring manager’s mind.

Not asking any questions: Asking no questions about the job description or job roles could be looked at as lack of interest in the available opportunity. It is always recommended to read through the job profile carefully and be ready with questions related to various aspects of the job.

Making-up stories and giving dicey replies: Job-seekers should avoid framing stories while answering questions about their personal and professional life. Most hiring managers actually look for integrity and honesty when assessing candidates.

Not being attentive: Good listening skills are an integral part of good communication. Not listening attentively in an interview is a mistake that often impacts performance. Job-seekers should listen more during an interview. This will not only help in answering questions better but also help in getting a better understanding of role and organisation.