5 Tips on What Not to do in an Interview

You have made it to the interview for the job you so desperately wanted. Through hard work and determination, you made it happen. But now it is time to nail that interview! In our last round of Associate Edition Working Knowledge articles, we touched on how to execute an interview well . Now we will give you some tips on what not to do.

Show Up Underdressed

It’s important to come dressed for success. Honestly, it’s best to come over dressed, but never ever show up to an interview underdressed. Whether it’s an in person, video chat, or phone call it’s always best to come to the interview dressed for the position you want, not the position you have.

Come to the Interview with no Company Knowledge

In a CareerBuilder article , one of the top 10 things listed NOT to do in an interview is failing to research your prospective employer. You can come to an interview with wit and plenty of work experience, but you’re setting yourself up for failure if you show up without any company knowledge. Get familiar with the company’s culture, mission, and values – these can usually be found on the company website.

Showing up Without a Resume

Your resume should be on hand when entering a physical interview. In fact, MULTIPLE should be on hand. You never know if you will have a panel interview and it’s a lot more professional to have a copy for everyone present rather than someone passing around your CV.  If you are doing a video interview, be sure that your resume has been sent in advance.  If you are represented by a recruiting company, verify that they have done this for you. 

Misrepresenting Your Experience

They say fake it ‘til you make it but being untruthful is an absolute NO when it comes to interviews. Misrepresenting your experience and credentials on your resume or interview can get you in a lot of trouble. Businesses can ask for references and gain knowledge on any questions they have about you so the last thing you want to do is mess up your character right out the gate. Keep in mind, the best companies check the references you provide and potentially, a few that you don’t!

Be Too Serious

When you go into an interview, along with the skills, employers are looking for a great attitude! Don’t take yourself too seriously and show some personality!