If you have managed to bag yourself an interview for a job, you may be feeling a little bit nervous, especially if this is your first interview or you have not had one for quite some time. However, there is no need to panic, it is all about being prepared. One of the ways you can do this is by avoiding some of the common mistakes that people before you have made. 

Not Practicing

There is only one place to begin, and this is with failing to practice. There really is no excuse for this. If you take a look online, you will see that there are so many articles and resources regarding the most common interview questions. You should also be able to find questions for the specific role you are going for, be it a vet, accountant, or something else. Practice makes perfect, so they say. Take the time to try and answer as many practice questions at possible. However, make sure you rehearse them in a natural manner – you don’t want it to come across as if you are reading from a script.

Lying

Lies catch up with you in the end. Let’s say you tell a lie, you bag the job, and then you don’t actually have the experience to carry out the tasks required of you. It’s going to be worse in the end. Being truthful is always the best approach, irrespective of the situation. Let’s say you’ve been caught drink driving in the past. The interviewer wants to know why you don’t drive. You lie, and then they do a background check and find that you’re suspended. Again, it doesn’t look good does it? You can read up on how DWI affects a nursing license and other professions online. If you’re honest and explain that you have learnt from the situation and you’re trying to move forward, your potential employer will respect you for it.

Not Preparing

Not only do you need to practice for the job interview, but you need to be prepared. What’s the difference? Well, preparation covers everything from having your suit ready the evening before to arriving at the interview 15 minutes early. If you do not know where the building is, you should try out the route in advance so that you can see how long it takes you and ensure there are no mishaps on the day.

As you can see, there are a number of mistakes that people commonly make when taking a job interview. If you can avoid the blunders mentioned above, you will give yourself a great shot at succeeding and securing the job you want.

Related: Why I’m not Hiring You – Confessions of a Hiring Manager

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