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Employers' List of Top Interview Mistakes

Employers are looking for persons who not only have the necessary experience and skills, but also demonstrate self-confidence and a willingness to become a team player. These interview mistakes have cost many people job opportunities - avoid them in order to secure your next job!

  • Inability to express oneself clearly. Answered questions with "yes" or "no" but offered no explanation or further information.
  • Lacking career direction - undefined short- and long-term goals.
  • Came unprepared, i.e., had little or no knowledge of the company.
  • Arrived late and claimed that the directions given were wrong.
  • Poor personal appearance; dressed too casually or sloppily.
  • Poor hygiene.
  • Brought a friend/parent/child/pet along.
  • Did not ask questions about the job.
  • Too interested in salary, vacation and benefits.
  • Evasiveness; unwilling to account for time when unemployed.
  • Detailed health problems at length.
  • Lacked confidence; displayed nervous mannerisms.
  • Demonstrated overaggressive, overbearing, or conceited behavior.
  • Presented a sloppy or inaccurate résumé.
  • Forgot to bring extra copies of the résumé and could not provide any references.
  • Lacked courtesy, maturity or tact.
  • Displayed indifference or lack of enthusiasm.
  • Criticized previous employers.
  • Had no appreciation for the value of experience.
  • Did not look the interviewer in the eye.
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