Most people get nervous before job interviews and when things start to go off track or there is that awkward silence or the look on the interviewer’s face changes, we can feel like we really messed up.

Common interview mistakes include presenting yourself in a less than professional manner, bad-mouthing your former employer and not conducting extensive research on the position and company.  With social media having such a strong influence on interpersonal interactions, employers are able to do their own research on YOU these days.

Having facebook, twitter and you tube accounts are the norm these days, however the potential to be weeded out of employment opportunities based on photos and posts is huge.  Employers are looking for candidates that are responsible, mature and who can fulfill a need and depending on what you put out in the world of social media, you may have set yourself up for failure.  Filter what you post and increase your privacy settings wherever possible.

TMI

Ever heard of TMI from your friends or family?  Too Much Information!  In my interviewing experience, all too often, women in particular, share more information than they should.  When answering questions in an interview, stick to your professional story, not your personal one.  I know that personal circumstances affect the bigger picture, it happens to all of us, but in an interview sometimes less is more and the phrase “Don’t ask, don’t tell” applies.

 

Chewing gum

I once had a young female interview for a patient care role and she was chewing gum and kept it in her mouth throughout the entire interview.  I figured that if she thought it was acceptable to chew gum with a hiring manager, she would do it with my patients as well and for that, she was not offered the position.

 

Lying

Falsifying your skills, experience, knowledge either on your resume or in an interview are catastrophes waiting to happen.  When you are faced with a challenge that you should be able to complete but cannot, your boss may question you and if they determine you lied, that is grounds for instant dismissal. Instead when asked about skill sets during an interview, you could always use a qualifying statement such as,  “If there are certain skills you’d like me to have, I’d be open to attend training to get up to speed”.

You have one chance to impress a new employer and you really need to everything in your power to be prepared, and to present as the best possible candidate for the job.