7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Going for an Interview

By Angela Marshall, 16th Oct 2014

businesswoman in an interview with three business people getting

The first impression you make on a potential employer can make or break your chance of obtaining the job. The first thing an interviewer notices is how you look (your appearance, mannerism and body language), then how you sound (pitch, accent and tone of voice) and finally the words you say. It is always important to look the part for a job interview and when you look the part it helps you to feel the part which in turn gives you confidence. It boosts your self-esteem to achieve a successful interview.

Within the first 3 – 5 seconds people form an opinion about you, so prepare – do your homework.

7 Pitfalls to avoid:

  1. Poor personal appearance
  2. Limp handshake
  3. Poor body language e.g. not smiling and avoiding eye contact
  4. Lack of confidence, showing you are nervous, too submissive
  5. Poor behaviour – arriving late, interrupting, impolite, dining etiquette
  6. Poor communication – unable to express your thoughts, poor grammar or speech
  7. Bad attitude – too aggressive, know-it-all attitude, overbearing or too authoritarian.

Whether you feel the interview has or hasn’t gone well do not let it be the last they hear from you. Follow up afterwards, it will help them to remember who you are. A thank you note is best as it will be noticed, otherwise if you have their email address then sends a short email.



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