Many job candidates focus so much on how they should perform during an interview and what they should do and say, that they often overlook what not to do. Some of these are obvious things that can immediately be a deal breaker for many hiring managers, whereas others can be a lot easier to overlook. If you have a job interview coming up, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t:
Not know anything about the company you’re interviewing for
You’ll want to ask a lot of questions, especially at the end—it shows that you’re enthusiastic and genuinely want to learn more about the position and the company. But it’s also important to ask the right questions. If you ask things that you should already know going in—the type of information that is easily accessible by just visiting their website or searching the web for a few minutes—it can make you look bad. Research the company as much as you can before your interview, and when it makes sense, bring up what you found during your research at certain points throughout the interview. This shows that you cared enough to take the time to learn about the company and that you’re excited to work for them. Otherwise, if you don’t know much of anything and ask very basic questions, it will just tell the interviewer that you didn’t bother learning about the company beforehand.
Being dishonest about any of your qualifications (relevant experience, job history, training and education, skills, etc.) in hopes that you’ll land the job is something you should never do. Even bending the truth just a bit can come back to haunt you at some point, and if you do get the job based on a lie, you could be terminated later on if the truth is ever uncovered. Be upfront and completely honest about everything you’re asked during your job interview.
It doesn’t matter how small the company might be or what the position is—you’ll want to dress professionally, even if you know the employees are allowed to dress casually. For your interview, you’ll want to look your very best, even if it means business casual. While going all-out and wearing a suit is usually unnecessary, you’ll want to find a good balance. This also means dressing modestly and not looking sloppy. You can only make one first impression, and if you’re dressed unprofessionally (a sign that you don’t take the job too seriously), an interviewer might make their decision within moments of meeting you.
Unless there was a true, last-minute emergency, showing up late for your job interview is inexcusable and some interviewers will make up their mind right there and then. This gives off a terrible first impression and shows that you might be the kind of employee who is constantly late. Plan ahead to ensure you won’t be late for your interview. Look up the address in your GPS to see how long it will take, and tack on an extra hour (at least) as a buffer. You want to make extra time for any potential traffic, getting lost, finding parking, and so on.