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Applying for jobs can be difficult work in and of itself. For many people, the hardest part is the interview process. As confident as you may be in your resume and cover letter, winding up face to face with a single interviewer or a team of associates can be one of the most nerve-wracking moments of your life.
While some of us will luck out, whether by interviewing online at home with no pants on or skipping the interview process altogether, many of us will have one or dozens of interviews over the years. And prep as we might, there’s still enormous room for error with each meet.
Interviewers of Reddit were asked to name the most common interview mistakes people make, and their answers were pretty eye-opening.
The Interview Is Never Over
Not during the interview, but immediately before or after: Assume that your interactions with staff other than your interviewer are actually a part of your interview, because they often are.
I once finished interviewing a candidate who nailed the interview. I was ready to hire her. The secretary mentioned that she had been rude before I brought her to my office.
I let her know later that day that we were pursuing other candidates. (ThankYouMrBen)
Complaining about their previous job. You definitely don’t want to come across as someone who complains a lot. Everyone moans about their job sometimes. It’s normal. But it’s not a good look during an interview. Employers don’t want to hire people who are too negative or complain too much. Especially people in management or HR like me. We’re the ones people complain to so we don’t want to hire people who are going to take up more of our time moaning about small things we have no control over. This is a very common mistake I see. This dude the other day was complaining about how the supermarket he worked in would make him go outside to collect the carts and going from a chilly supermarket to the heat outside was uncomfortable. He also complained about them taking all those taxes out of his check. Pretty sure his grief was misdirected with that one. Another woman complained about how annoying the customers were at her job. The position she was interviewing for was a receptionist position. (marabou22)
“Give me your job”
I used to own a small pesticide application company. I didn’t hire a lot of people because I was blessed with absolutely wonderful employees and I made sure to treat them very well. Because I didn’t have a lot of experience interviewing people, and I’m not the most social person ever I was sometimes nervous in interviews. One candidate told me that I sucked at interviews and my boss would probably give him my job. Shockingly he didn’t get a job offer. Don’t be an arrogant ass during interviews. (AlbinoRibbonWorld)