Don’t make these interview mistakes!

Congratulations! You’ve finally received that call or email about the job you’ve been waiting on for a while. Your slot has been secured for an interview. Thrilling right? Now all you need to do is ace that interview and change your unemployment status to employed.

Yes! It is absolutely doable! The secret to this you wonder? You need to differentiate yourself from other interviewees. And how will you do that? Simple! All you need to know are the most common interview mistakes people make in interviews and avoid them. Knowing exactly what not to do in an interview is vital.

Common Interview Mistakes

Being unprepared

It is very easy for an interviewer to know whether you are prepared for the interview or not. Being unprepared is one of the many interview mistakes you could make. Unfortunately, it is one of the most common interview mistakes most interviewees make.

Lack of preparation has a way of locking you out of the job offer. Some companies may call you for an interview at the last minute, inconvenient perhaps, but it’s still no excuse to go to your interview unprepared.

Being irritated or angry

Getting irritated and angry is a prime example of what not to do in an interview. If you lose your temper or become irritated easily, there’s a good chance that your interviewer could immediately disqualify you.

Even if you have years of experience and excellent qualifications, if you cannot control your temper, how do you expect to work with others? How will you handle pressure? What about the clients? 

Talking too much

Wondering what not to do in an interview? Avoid overwhelming the interviewer with unnecessary details about yourself. Listen carefully to the questions asked and give precise answers. Simplify your answers and only expound when asked to.  To avoid this most common interview mistake, remember you’re not talking to your peers but to your possible future employer. Save the chit chat for your friends, it’s in the best interest of all parties.

Poor body language

Your body is able to convey what your mind is thinking. See why you need coaching? You need to know what your interviewer is deducing from your body language. From doubting yourself leading to answering questions with a minimal to no confidence level, to holding zero eye contact, giving a weak hand shake and not smiling.

Poor body language is an interview mistake you can overcome. Coaching will definitely hasten your learning process on what you shouldn’t do in an interview when it comes to body language. Where is the best place for coaching? Stuart from Double C coaching is simply your to go to place.

Asking the wrong questions

Questions are good, but what not to do in an interview? Ask the wrong questions! This is a major setback for you and a complete turn off for the interviewer. How will you know what the right questions are? Stuart from Double C coaching is your solution. As a business woman, you cannot afford to ask the wrong kind of questions.

Advice from Successful Career Women

We asked successful career women for their advice, here’s what they had to say:

Add Value

The interviewer is looking for you to demonstrate how you can add value to the company… Have you thought about that? And whilst you’re doing so think about why you are better than all the other candidates.

Don’t Overdress or underdress

While your in-person interview is your first opportunity to put your best foot forward, wearing a three piece suit to a labor-intensive job will make you look more unprepared. The same goes for wearing jeans and a button-up shirt for an office job. Your attire should be one step above the standard the company has established.

Don’t complain about your last job, boss, coworkers

Yes, the interviewer is going to ask you why you left your last job. Your answer is going to tell a lot about you as an employee and coworker. If you spend the next five minutes telling them about how much your boss annoyed you or how politics prevented you from succeeding, you’re going to leave a very negative impression. ‘Why you left your last job’ is a very common question, and it may be true that your last job was a nightmare, but you can’t say that. The world is a very small place, especially today with the all-reaching social media, and for all you know your last boss could be best friends with your interviewer. Plan ahead how you are going to answer this question.

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Phone and Video Interviews

Today, many interviews occur over the phone or video chat. These interviews involve a whole separate set of rules for etiquette and professionalism. As an interview facilitator for StaffGeek’s clients, I often hear candidates struggle with making a virtual connection.

On the phone, it should be your goal to let the other person speak as much as possible. You want to hear as much about the position as possible while refraining from overwhelming your interviewer.

Never say something to fill the silence. If you have finished a thought, let a few seconds of silence alert the other party rather than rambling on.

When the interviewer pauses, resist the inclination to cut in with “yes”, “yup”, “mmhmm”, “ok”, etc. You may not realize, but the comment takes a moment to cross the connection and often interrupts the beginning of their next point.

Finally, whether on the phone or video chat, conduct the interview in an appropriate setting. Make sure you have a good connection and avoid background noise. Try standing and walking around to sound energised and never lay down as it can be heard in the flattened tone of your voice.

Katie Hansen with StaffGeek


You deserve to get your dream job. Yes you do! To kickstart your career, coaching is vital. You need coaching on all interview mistakes and tactics to impress your interviewer. Having the required knowledge or years of experience is not enough in an interview.

Worry not! Stuart from Double C coaching can easily coach you! Remember, when it comes to interviews, you only have one shot to prove yourself – so make it count!


To be successful, your career must be on track and on point. How? Stuart from Double C coaching will help to get you there.

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