5 Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Job Interview

A job interview is one of the most important conversations you’ll have in your life. That and explaining to your wife why your assistant is going on a business trip with you.

Whatever you do on the job interview, don’t make these mistakes.

Roll in Late

Do not come in late to the interview, smelling like whiskey and singing Jerry Lee Lewis songs.

Not Prepared

Do some proper research about the company beforehand. Do not interrupt the interviewer to say, “Hey, dude, wait, first tell me what you do here before I decide if I want to work with you losers.”

Mistreating Support Staff

Do not mistreat the receptionist, assistants, or anyone else on the staff of the company you are interviewing with. Refrain from telling the receptionist, “He’s got 2 more minutes to come out here and get me for this sham show before I bounce.”

Dressed Inappropriately

Make sure you present a professional appearance for your interview. Do not show up wearing golf attire and announce, “Can you speed it up, Sparky? I have to tee off in 20 minutes!”

No Follow Up

You might me surprised how many people do not follow up on job interviews. It’s an easy way to stand out. Make sure to send a thank you card. Do not, however, write, “Thank you for the chance to speak with you about the opportunities at your company. I look forward to taking your job in the next 12 months.”


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