Interviewing Techniques: 5 Mistakes to Avoid at the Job Interview

Failing the job interview using the wrong interviewing techniques happens quite often to job seekers who haven’t taken the time to prepare for the job interview and research the organization.

Focusing on what to do or say in a job interview is vital to securing an offer. You worked very hard to get an interview by writing an attention-grabbing resume and cover letter, so don’t blow your chances by not understanding the correct interviewing techniques and strategies.

While you work on the essential aspects of interviewing and following up after the job interview, you need to keep in mind things that will decrease your interview success. When interviewing for a new position, the last thing you want to do is make a horrible first impression. In an interview, you want to be likable and win respect and attention of the interviewer.

Things to Avoid Doing at a Job Interview

Excessive Smiling

It is always a good idea to be pleasant and friendly, but don’t go overboard. If you smile too much, it may make it evident to your interviewer that you are overly nervous or not genuine.


If you have a problem with controlling your nerves and are prone to sweating when nervous, remember to wear lighter clothing. The interviewer will not want to shake your clammy hand or see your sweat stains. Wear a light undershirt that is designed to soak up excess perspiration.

Exaggerating or Lying About Past Performances

Nobody likes an exaggerator, and most potential employers will be able to sniff out your lies. If you get the job based on the lies you told in the interview; chances are you will end up being over your head. Don’t do it. Period.

Sharing Jokes

You may think it would be a good idea to lighten the mood with a few jokes, but humor is very subjective and is way too risky to attempt in an interview. Instead, follow your interviewer’s lead, and if they ask you some “small talk” questions, use this as an opportunity to create a rapport with your interviewer instead of risking it on jokes.

Paint your Past Employers in a Negative Light

You may have intensely disliked your time in a past position or at a certain company, but painting your employer in a negative light can make you come across as a whiner and make your interviewer want to dig deeper into the situation by calling your employer to find out the truth.

As a professional, you need to come across in the interview as confident, control, and friendly. Don’t let these things sabotage your actual worth by taking attention away from your skills and abilities.

All job interviews test your nerves, knowledge, research, communication skills, and what you can bring to the position. In preparation for the hard questions, you should not forget the basics and always show passion and enthusiasm for your industry. Take a deep breath, relax, tell the truth, and remember professional courtesy.

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