We get it. Interviews can be stressful and sometimes it’s hard to be yourself. If you’re not the most comfortable in interviews, just try to avoid making these common mistakes.
- Acting like you already have the job
Confidence is an asset and important when you’re trying to impress a recruiter, but there is such a thing as being too confident. Even if you know the interview is going well, don’t assume you have the role as it can come across as arrogant.
- Over answering questions
Get to the point with your answers to questions. Waffling is a time drainer and can make you come across as scattered. Be direct with your answers and keep them relevant. If you find yourself going off on a tangent, apologise and refocus.
- Under answering questions
Although you want to be clear and concise, a simple ”yes” or ”no” is not enough. Explain yourself and give as many relevant details as possible.
- Telling lies to make yourself sound better
Recruiters are in the business of people so if you lie, they’ll pick up on it. Be honest and stick to the facts – you don’t need to embellish your answers, just take the recruiter through your skills and let your experience do the talking.
- Bagging out your current employer
Recruiters understand your employer may be the reason you’re looking for a new role, however, it’s important to be respectful. Rather than saying you want to leave your role because you don’t like your boss, focus on wanting a change.
- Forgetting you’re NOT in your loungeroom
We may sound like Captain Obvious here but sit up straight. Slouching is not a good look. Sitting up and being attentive shows your interest and confirms for the recruiter that they’re not wasting their time on you.