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Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Interview Mistakes to Avoid

The nation is obsessed with programmes such as The Apprentice, and dream of becoming the next entrepreneur, and why should we be obsessed? The whole idea of being able to create the next big thing is an enticing one to people, and students often have entrepreneurial ideas because they don’t know what career they want to take. However, when it comes to the career sector some parts of the population feel hopeless in what they should and shouldn’t do in an interview. We have the top ten tips from employers to help you secure that job and on to the career ladder.

According to a survey completed by employers, one of the biggest mistakes a hopeful applicant makes is not conducting enough research in preparation for the interview. Nearly a third of respondents also stated that ‘showing off’ did more harm than good when it came to impressing the interviewer.

Other downfalls include not engaging with the interviewer, or not acting interested, and failing to ask any questions about the job role.

The research which was carried out by Barclay’s LifeSkills, found that only 6% of employers feel that being ‘too modest’ is a negative characteristic, whilst during group interviews, candidates who dominate the conversation and not listen to others was ranked high among the top errors.

Top 10 most common interview mistakes

  1. Failing to do their research
  2. Showing off
  3. Asking no questions
  4. Not acting interested or engaged with the interviewer
  5. Making up answers
  6. Lying about achievements
  7. Not dressing appropriately
  8. Rambling on
  9. Failing to explain what they will bring to the role
  10. Moaning about their current employer

In December last year, the government released statistics that showed the unemployment rate for 16-24-year-olds falling in 2014 from 16.6% to 13.6%, which in comparison to a UK-wide unemployment calculated at 5.,2%.

LifeSkills research state that a quarter of unemployed young individuals think that they don’t perform well during interviews and nearly two-thirds feel that they would benefit from job interview training.

Head of LifeSkills, Kirstie Mackey expressed: “It is so important for young people to know how to properly prepare for and behave in interviews. This is particularly true for young people who have recently graduated or are new to the competitive world of work”

“At LifeSkills, we understand that interview techniques don’t come naturally to everyone, which is why we offer a range of tips and advice to help young people know what to expect in interviews and to be as prepared as possible”, she added.


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