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Mistakes in the interview room are
commonplace. So, as part of your
interview preparation, it’s vital to
understand what t...
You can look up your route the night
before, leave early, and still turn up
late due to unexpected delays.
To avoid this, ...
Once you arrive, you will come
across many of your potential new
colleagues; whether it’s in the
elevator on the way up, w...
When asked what you know about
the organisation, avoid simply
reciting the ‘about us’ section of the
company’s website. In...
Have a structure in your mind for
your interview answers and use the
STAR technique when answering
competency based questi...
During the interview, certain
questions can prompt candidates to
speak negatively about themselves
or their previous compa...
One of the biggest gripes for a
hiring manager is a candidate who
doesn’t have anything to ask at the
end of the interview...
Hopefully this preparation will prevent
you from making a mistake during
your interview.
If you do make a mistake, don’t
p...
ABOUT HAYS
Hays is a leading global
professional recruiting group, the
expert at recruiting qualified,
professional and sk...
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6 common interview mistakes to avoid

Mistakes in the interview room are commonplace. So, as part of your interview preparation, it’s vital to understand what the most common interview mistakes are, in order to avoid making them yourself.

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6 common interview mistakes to avoid

  1. Mistakes in the interview room are commonplace. So, as part of your interview preparation, it’s vital to understand what the most common interview mistakes are, in order to avoid making them yourself. Here are the six common interview mistakes you need to be wary of. 6 COMMON INTERVIEW MISTAKES TO AVOID haysplc.com/viewpoint
  2. You can look up your route the night before, leave early, and still turn up late due to unexpected delays. To avoid this, practice your route beforehand and aim to get to the interview location about 45 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start. Make sure you’re sat in the reception of the company building at least 15 minutes before the interview. 1. Arriving late
  3. Once you arrive, you will come across many of your potential new colleagues; whether it’s in the elevator on the way up, whilst you’re sat in reception or walking through the corridor on the way to the interview room. Don’t forget to at least smile at everyone you walk past. Often, the hiring manager will ask these people for their first impression of you. A positive answer can work in your favour. 2. Ignoring everyone besides the interviewer
  4. When asked what you know about the organisation, avoid simply reciting the ‘about us’ section of the company’s website. Instead, use other sources during your research such as social media updates, case studies and press releases to build your knowledge. Talk about your findings in your own words during the interview. This will demonstrate that you have made a conscious effort to understand the business and are genuinely interested in the opportunity. 3. Reciting the company website
  5. Have a structure in your mind for your interview answers and use the STAR technique when answering competency based questions. Practice answering some interview questions using this framework. Sticking to a loose structure for each of your answers will stop you from going off on a tangent during your interview and help you keep the attention of the interviewer. 4. Rambling on
  6. During the interview, certain questions can prompt candidates to speak negatively about themselves or their previous company, whether it’s answering the question “why are you looking to leave your current employer?” or “Tell me about a time you failed” Research which tricky interview questions you might be asked, and practice phrasing your answers positively. 5. Speaking negatively
  7. One of the biggest gripes for a hiring manager is a candidate who doesn’t have anything to ask at the end of the interview. Before your interview, prepare a number of questions to ask your interviewer, but listen out for answers to these during the interview, and have some spare questions up your sleeve. 6. Not asking questions at the end of the interview
  8. Hopefully this preparation will prevent you from making a mistake during your interview. If you do make a mistake, don’t panic. This doesn’t mean you have ruined your chances, and at the very least, you have learnt a valuable lesson for next time. Read more interview tips on our careers blog, Viewpoint: • How to interview confidently against the competition • How to use your EQ to ace that interview • Change your thinking and calm your interview nerves
  9. ABOUT HAYS Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. With 10,000 staff operating from 250 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms, last year we placed around 70,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 240,000 people into temporary assignments. haysplc.com

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