CareerBuilder has a succinct write up of the top 10 things to not do in an interview. Some of them are common sense (hello, put your cell phone down during the interview - unless, maybe, someone is in labor - and that person better be your significant other). That being said, the list is quite helpful. It can be easy, while nervous on an interview, to break any one of these rules. This is why I think that practicing your interview skills is so important with mock interviews with friends or family members - or if you are lucky, with a mentor who has more career experience than you do. A mentor can be found anywhere, really - through your LinkedIn profile or there might be a former professor of yours that is available for a meeting every now and then to help you with your interviewing skills or in a pinch, a friend or sibling can help out just fine. I will have more blog posts about mentors coming in the future.
The most important takeaway to this list and my blog post is to never go in cold to an interview. Always have questions for the interviewer about the company and try to make those questions as specific as possible to the position you are interviewing for while also showing a broader knowledge about the company, the industry, the competitors and new advancements that are being discussed online or in the news. Leverage your LinkedIn network for advice and/or research purposes to see what else is going on either in the industry or at the company.
If you are well prepared, then avoiding these interview mistakes should be a breeze. Let me know in the comments what you think of these interview don't's. Have you ever done one? Has someone you interviewed done one? Happy Hunting!
CareerBuilder Top 10 Things Not To Do In An Interview
Lisa Vento Nielsen