The Six Most Sabotaging Job Interview Mistakes


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There are many reasons that candidates fail during interviews. Here are the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate for employment can make. Unfortunately, it’s easy to make these mistakes without even realizing it – and many of them are more common than you might think!

  1. Not having questions for the hiring manager at the end of an interview – it’s best to have a smart, genuine question prepared before the interview. All too often, people to go into the interview with the expectation that a brilliant question will materialize; having a thoughtful question or two shows your interest in the position as well as the company. Furthermore the question should show you know something about the company you want to work for. There is absolutely no excuse for knowing nothing about the business you are applying to work for. Before the interview you should do your research on what the company is, what it does and how it works. You should also give though to how you could contribute to it.
  2. Asking for feedback after being rejected – requesting feedback or suggestions for improvement may demonstrate your humility and dedication to personal growth, but it puts the hiring manager in an awkward position.
  3. Not having an elevator pitch – in every interview, you’ll encounter some variation of the ‘tell me about yourself’ question.  This is a direct invitation to outshine your resume and tell the employer what value you’re bringing to the table. Making sure you know your CV well is important, being unprepared will not get you far in an interview.  In addition giving text book answers will not impress an employer, it’s important to show your personality in an interview; try to be open and honest about your skills and strengths and give examples of when you’ve used them.
  4. Being too proactive after you’ve submitted your application – as general rule, unannounced follow up phone calls are never a good idea, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take on a more strategic approach. Instead you could send a cold email to the hiring manager, innocently following up on your application and asking if there’s anything else you can do to stand out as a candidate. This is non-threatening and allows the hiring person an opportunity to notice you, while still holding his or her own.
  5. Arriving late – Everyone knows that first impressions are very important in landing a job, but turning up late can make a bad first impression before you even arrive at your interview. Running late not only suggests poor time management skills, but shows a lack of respect for the company, the position and even your interviewer. Go the extra length to make sure that you aren’t late, and arrive on time, or even early. If for some reason you’re running late, call your interviewer to let them know.
  6. Dressing inappropriately – what’s appropriate interview clothing varies depending on the job you’re going for, but regardless of the job it’s imperative to look professional and polished. Although your attire may its important look well-dressed and put together, no matter what the company. For example, you should wear business casual clothing to an interview for a non-professional job but  if you’re still not sure what to wear, dress smart in formal business attire – a suit or dark trousers/skirt with a smart shirt or top.



To avoid making mistakes at interviews contact our Career Services which can give you all the help you to secure your dream job.

Horizon Online services don’t just stop at training. They go beyond this. Our ultimate aim is to ensure all of our trainee’s find gainful employment after completion of their course.

We offer our customers a number of services in this area to help them get that all important job. These include:

  • Assistance preparing your CV and cover letter
  • Advice on interview handling techniques
  • Assistance with exam preparation;
  • Contacting potential employers on your behalf and advising you of any opportunities;
  • Advising you on how to find work in the area you completed training in; and
  • Advising you on how to go about getting experience, thereby increasing your chances of getting work.

We’re happy to meet with you face to face or speak over the phone to offer you these services. During these discussions we’ll be able to advise you on a number of things such as expected salaries, potential job roles, and how to get your foot in the door in certain industries.

If you have any questions about the careers services, please feel free to give us a call on 0203 393 4405.

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