7 Pitfalls to Avoid in an Interview

Did you know it takes about 7 seconds to make a first impression?  And within 30 seconds to a minute that impression is already formed.  What kind of impression do you want to make?

Whether you’ve been on one or hundreds of interviews this is what you need to avoid in your next interview.

  1. An inability to communicate and articulate your knowledge, skills, talents, and strengths, including what makes you stand out as a candidate.
  2. The ineffective use of body language, including not making appropriate eye contact, improper handshakes, and a lack of expected manners and politeness.
  3. “Playing Big” – Exhibiting blatant arrogance or displaying overconfidence in one’s abilities or contributions to make them sound more impressive.
  4. “Playing Small” – Minimizing your actual work experience or not explaining what your role was well enough.
  5. An inability to use good examples to illustrate that you work well as a fellow team member or employee.
  6. Answering questions in a more general or vague manner and not giving clear and descriptive examples.
  7. Not seeming genuinely interested in the position you’re interviewing for and appearing as if you are just trying to get your “foot in the door.”



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