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Tuesday 31st October 2017
There's know reason to have an interview nightmare. Make sure you know how to avoid these common mistakes...

Having a job interview can be a stressful occasion. Minimise the stress by knowing how to avoid common interview mistakes.

Not knowing about the role…
Prepare for an interview by finding out all that you possibly can about the role you’re applying for. There’s nothing worse for hiring managers than being presented with a candidate at interview stage who clearly has no idea about the role they’re applying for.

Study the job spec. If you’re unsure about anything don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter. Any good recruiter will know the roles they hire for inside out, so will be happy to help you out and advise you accordingly.

Not knowing about the company…
A common, detrimental error a lot of candidates still make is to not research the company. These days’ candidates are spoilt for choice with outlets they are able to find out information about the companies they are interviewing for. So there's no excuse, do your research.

Find out the company’s history, milestones, values, services and customer base. It may also be an idea to research the wider challenges and opportunities in the sector. As well as paying attention to the company’s presence over social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

By doing your research it will also give you a better stance on how much you actually want to work for the company. You may do your research and realise that the company isn’t for you or you may find it makes you more excited and determined for a potential future with the organisation.

Not knowing why you want the job - show enthusiasm…
Taking the previous points into consideration will help you find the answer to ‘why you want the job’. A lack of enthusiasm is a real turn off for employers. Why would you want to employ someone who lacks enthusiasm, and doesn’t even know why they want the job?

If you really want the job and the interviewer asks you why? You need to be prepared to give an answer.

This also comes hand in hand with body language. Try not to use closed body gestures, this creates the impression that you’re closed off.

Not explaining, how?

On your CV you will have stated that you possess certain skills. A lot of the time your interviewer will need a lot more convincing than the writing on the paper to be in confidence that you do in fact have the skills and attributes you say you do.

For every skill you state, have a story that demonstrates a time you have achieved the results you wanted, down to these skills and attributes you have. 

Not asking questions…
At the end of an interview, there will be the option for the candidate to ask the interviewer questions. Whilst we say ‘the option’, there really isn’t an option but to ask questions.

Not asking any questions displays to the interviewer a lack of interest from the candidate’s side. So it’s really important to ask questions.

Obviously if you plan to ask questions and then the interviewer actually answers all the questions you had before you ask, let them know this, and maybe give examples of the questions you were going to ask.

Not following up…
Don’t be afraid to follow up after an interview. 

The people who are interviewing you are busy people, therefore it may take them a while at times to give feedback. By grabbing the bull by the horns and emailing and ringing to ask for feedback it shows that you are pro-active, and ultimately that you are interested in the role.

Forgetting the basics…
Punctuality – Don’t be late. Know where it is you have to be and make sure you get there, account for any problem that you may encounter on your way and make time for that. Lateness is always a no no.

Dress code - dress in a professional manner. Be clear of the dress code before the interview.

Be professional - Be yourself. But keep in mind you are in a professional environment so ensure that you try to keep the slang you may use with your friends at a minimum.

Keep these points in mind when preparing for an interview and see if they help you.

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