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.


  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.