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Common mistake to be avoided during job interview

Common mistake to be avoided during job interview Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Regardless of how well-suited you are for the job you've applied for, there's one thing that can turn off your prospective employer. This is something to keep in mind during the interview, according to the Huffpost.

What you should know

It all starts with what seems like a simple question that you will inevitably be asked: "Why did you leave your previous job?"

And here is where you probably want to tell the truth - perhaps your boss was a tyrant, and they simply didn't appreciate all the hard work you did.

However, experts say that negative feedback about your previous employer won't score you any points in the interview. Negative reviews can only deter the employer during the interview.

It's also worth remembering once and for all that lying never brings profit. If it does, it soon makes you dependent on it. Saying in an interview that you're still working at your previous company when you've been fired, just to appear as a scarce asset, is a big mistake.

Remember that during the interview, it's important to be honest, not try too hard to please, and not raise suspicions.

How to behave in an interview

To succeed in an interview, follow these tips:

  • Don't be late. If you happen to be running late, let them know in advance.
  • Be honest. If you can't answer some questions in the interview, just say so.
  • Be friendly and polite. Try to be a pleasant conversationalist. Such people fit well into a team.
  • Answer questions calmly and clearly. No reminiscing about childhood, stories about favorite movies, and pets.
  • Choose the right communication style.
  • Don't be nervous. Have a glass of water and take a few deep breaths. It's hard to make a good impression when you're anxious.
  • Ask questions. This shows your interest and initiative. You'll also learn important information that can influence your decision.
  • Feedback helps address mistakes and improve skills.