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6 Mistakes to Avoid During a Job Interview in 2020.

6 Mistakes to Avoid During a Job Interview in 2020.


Job interviews can be a tricky business. One wrong move and you’ve immediately hurt your chances of landing the role. Which, of course, is the complete opposite of what you’re trying to achieve at the interview.

However, luckily for you, we’re going to highlight several common mistakes made during job interviews in this blog. Not only this, but we’re going to highlight them, explain why you should do your best to avoid them, and more. So, let’s look at some!

Here are 6 mistakes to avoid during a job interview in 2020:


Being Underprepared.

A job interview is not just to assess how you’d fit into the role – it’s also to see how you as an individual can perform under pressure. In order to avoid failure at your next interview, you’ll want to prepare yourself. Both physically and mentally.

This includes researching the business and position available, preparing answers, bringing a copy of your CV, and more. Essentially, you’re going to want to check out our Ultimate Job Interview Guide. Reading this will help you to understand what you should be prepared for before your next interview.


Arriving Late/Early.

This can be tough to master.  You don’t want to arrive late, as you may not be seen for your interview. However, arriving too early can turn you into a burden for the employer or the business. So, what can you do?

As we’ve highlighted in our Ultimate Job Interview Guide, the perfect time to arrive for your interview is 15 minutes before. However, you’re going to want to avoid arriving at the bus or train station 15 minutes before, but rather arrive at the location of the interview. This means arriving sometime before the interview is due to take place, in order to find the exact location. After all, running around like a headless chicken to find where the interview takes place will only guarantee you one thing – being hot and sweaty during your interview.


Not Showing Interest.

A job interview is a chance for you to show why you’re best suited for the job. If you truly are the best suited for the role, you’ll be interested in both the business and what the role has to offer.

We strongly advise that you avoid not showing interest during the interview. Either this or don’t go to the interview. After all, if you go to the interview without giving it your all or showing interest, you’re very unlikely to land the position, meaning you’ve wasted both the interviewers’ time and your own.

As well as not showing interest, you’ve got to be careful as to not come across uninteresting. This includes giving generic or standard answers, such as “I’m a natural-born leader” or “I work well both in a team or as an individual”. Whilst these answers might be true, every interviewer hears them, and they’re already half-expecting these answers. So, you’ve got to show why you’re a better fit than the other candidates, which includes avoiding generic and stereotypical answers.


Being Too Personal.

At times during your interview, the interviewer may ask some personal questions. They’re not likely to ask what size shoe you wear or how long your last relationship was, but they may be more personal than you expected.

The bottom line is this – no matter how friendly the interviewer is, they’re not your friend. Not yet. Unless they are, but that’s a whole different matter.

The point of an interview is for an employer to assess how your skills will suit a specific role or position, not to find out what football team you support. Now, you may be thinking “but during my last interview, it was very casual. We talked about our interests and stuff as well as the professional stuff”. And that is precisely the point we’re making here.

The professional parts must take priority. If the interview becomes very laid back, that’s fine. However, you don’t want to leave the interview without showing the interviewer why you’re the best person for the job.

Confusingly, if the interviewer wants to make things more casual and personal, you shouldn’t not answer. It’s a balancing act, for sure, but just remember why you’re there.


Speaking Ill of Previous Employers or Colleagues.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during a job interview is speaking ill of either former employers, or former workmates/colleagues. Here’s why:

Firstly, you don’t know what connection your former and potentially new employer has. For all you know, they play golf together every Sunday. So, it’s best not to badmouth them just in case. Second, it shows bad character on your behalf.

If you’re readily moaning and complaining about former colleagues and workmates, what’s to say you won’t do it in this new position? This is the thought process the interviewer will likely have and will harm your chances of landing the position. Because of this, we strongly advise against doing this and avoid this mistake at all costs.


Asking About Pay or Salary.

Of course, one of the biggest factors of starting a new job is the pay rate or salary. However, this is something you should avoid bringing up during the interview unprovoked.

Why? I’ll tell you why.

You’re never going to go through the process of finding a position, going for an interview, completing the interview, and being offered the job without finding out what the pay rate or salary is. It just doesn’t happen. So, although it may not be explicitly known before entering the interview, you’ll know by the time you need to make a decision.

However, if this doesn’t work for you, there are ‘acceptable’ times to ask, such as when the interviewer asks, “do you have any questions”. However, if you’re going to ask at this time, make sure you ask appropriately. Don’t fly in with guns blazing. Instead, we recommend a more playful “I hate to be that guy, but can I ask about the rate of pay for the position” or something similar. However, it’s always best to line up another question or two to ask around this, to ensure it doesn’t look as though your only interest is the money.



There you have it, 6 mistakes to avoid during a job interview in 2020. Think we’ve missed any? Let us know in the comments below.

Now that you know the mistakes to avoid this year, why not start applying? Head over to our jobs page to see the positions we’re currently hiring for. Or, if you think you’re not ready yet, and need to read more job interview-based blogs, click here.

Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!

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