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A job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can be all too easy to come out of the meeting and feel that you have blown your opportunity. There are some common interview mistakes which are easy to make, but thankfully, when you know what to look out for, straight-forward to avoid.

Here are our top five interview trip hazards and our suggestions for how not to fall foul of them:

1. Lack of preparation

The single biggest mistake you can make is a lack of preparation ahead of the big day. It is vital that you do plenty of research into both the job role and the company and there is a wealth of information that can be found by looking at websites, social media platforms and LinkedIn profiles of current employees. It is also essential that you fully familiarise yourself with your CV, understand how your knowledge and experience matches the key criteria outlined in the job role description and review answers to questions that you are most likely to face. And do not overlook some basic preparation steps; make sure that you know when and where your interview will take place, check your journey time if it is in person or ensure that you have the correct log in details and set up if it is to be held remotely.

2. Not being confident

It is important that you demonstrate confidence in your interview and convince your would-be employer that you are absolutely the right person for the role. Ensure that you come across in the right manner – you do not want to appear arrogant or that you believe the job is already in the bag. Communicate your confidence not only in the answers that you give but also through positive body language such as eye contact and appearing enthusiastic and engaged in the conversation.

3. Being dismissive of your current role or employer

It is understandable that you are looking for a new role because you are unhappy with at least some aspects of your current position whether that is lack of promotion or progression opportunities, a poor relationship with your line manager or desire of a better salary package. However, it is important that you take a positive approach and communicate your reasons for seeking a new role in a professional manner.

4. Not selling yourself strongly

It can be difficult to strike the right balance between demonstrating your suitability for the role and coming across as a bit of a know-it-all. One of the biggest failures is leaving the interviewer unsure about what your personal contribution is to a particular project or success – an easy way to rectify this is to make sure that you use the word ‘I’ rather than ‘we’. However, make sure that you clear on what part you did play and do not try to take credit for work that you had little or no involvement with – a small amount of careful probing from an astute interviewer could soon see you come unstuck!

5. Failing to make a lasting impression

It is important you stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons!) and when interviewers are faced with a decision between two of more candidates that demonstrate similar skills and experience, it can often be personality that will tip the balance in favour of one individual over another. Demonstrating that you are the right fit for a company’s culture and values as well as the team you would be joining is just as important as showing that you have the technical attributes needed for the role. Be sure to let your personality, as well as your experience, shine through.

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