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The Top Three Interview Mistakes

Author: Danielle Purnell

The top three interview mistakes

If you are a recent college graduate, looking for a job can seem like an insurmountable task. You likely attend interview after interview but continue to receive the bad news that you once again failed to secure the job. However, it is possible you are making a few common mistakes that may be costing you the offer. Consider this list of common blunders and avoid them in your next interview.

1. Not preparing for the interview - The Boston Globe explains failing to research a company before an interview is one of the top reasons that causes a job applicant to land in the rejected pile. Take the time to learn all you can about about the company, position you are applying for, the people who will be interviewing you and the company's top competitors, the news source suggests.

2. Dressing inappropriately - Getting dressed for a date and getting dressed for an interview are very different. While you want to look your best for both occasions, looking your best for an interview means looking professional. Dress conservatively and avoid wearing too much makeup or jewelry. Men should consider taking out any ear piercings and women may want to stick to heels under one inch.

3. Interacting the wrong way - You want to interact with your employees by maintaining eye contact, smiling and asking the appropriate amount of questions. An interviewer will understand you are nervous, but you can avoid some of this nerves by doing a mock interview with your friends beforehand. You will likely need some practice knowing how to balance asking enough questions with asking too many or seeming interested without appearing over zealous or fake.

In Brief

  • If you are a recent college graduate, looking for a job can seem like an insurmountable task.

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