Top 10 interview mistakes

People make all kinds of mistakes during job interviews. Some of them are minor but others are too big for employers to overlook. An article from Reuters looks at some of the worst mistakes that have been reported. A couple of examples are excerpted below. Check out the link for the full list.

  • Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a “private” conversation.
  • Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.

Some of these types of mistakes can be attributed to poor people skills or not having an understanding of what appropriate interview behaviour is. In many cases though I think these kind of slip-ups can be the result of being nervous. Being overly anxious or nervous can result in someone saying or doing something they wouldn’t normally do.

Properly preparing for an interview can help to alleviate nerves and minimize the risk of making mistakes.