We get it: Job interviews are really stressful, but like with anything, a little preparation goes a long way. Arm yourself with clever responses to those curveball questions, know which ones are actually illegal and how to respond when they cross the line, and then be sure to write down some questions you can ask the interviewer too. So now that you’re in full rehearsal mode for this important interview, we want to remind you about a few small and subtle mistakes that many job seekers make—and can cost you the offer. Scroll down to discover some common interview mistakes you don’t even know you’re making.
Don’t think of small talk as trivial.
This is an interview; therefore, everything you say is a crucial reflection of who you are and what you stand for. You might not realize it in the moment, but often it’s the small comments or remarks that leave the biggest impact on an interviewer. Of course, you want to develop a commonality and rapport with this potential employer, and according to Money, "likeability is key," but just be mindful that every second you spend in that office is being counted toward your interview. So don’t go overboard on the details of your recent road trip or reveal too many intimate details about what you did last weekend. Use the awkward silence to your advantage, and establish a relationship that leaves a lasting impression on your interviewer.
Don’t let your guard down before or after the interview.
A job interview doesn’t have a clear-cut beginning or end, which we agree is a little unfair, but now that you know this, please don’t let your quality slip at any stage of the process. This means every aspect of your performance, from the small talk at the start to the thank-you note you send post-interview, are all crucial parts of the same interview procedure. “Keep your quality high at every interaction,” adds Money.
Don't turn your interview into a sermon.
There is a time and place for sharing every last detail of your background, and it's not the interview. This process is a back and forth process which requires you to leave moments for the interviewer to respond, comment, or request more detail. Why is this dangerous? Because what you have prepared might not be what the interviewer is interested in learning about you, so you need to let them take charge and steer the direction of the conversation. Money says to pause after each answer and give them the opportunity to comment.
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