10 Interview Mistakes Recruiters Looks For

Here at GenTwenty, we want to ensure you get the job you’re meant for, and since interview mistakes are common, we don’t want them to ruin your chances.

Make sure you avoid the following red flags before each interview you go on, so your resume doesn’t end up in the trash.

1. Displaying Negativity

Most interviewers will ask you why you left your last position. No matter how much you hated your boss or co-workers, you don’t need to tell your interviewer every little thing you disliked about them. Bad-mouthing your last employer just makes you look bad, and makes the recruiter question your professionalism.

Instead, give a positive response that focuses on your future and career goals and relate it back to the abilities you’d like to bring to the new position.

2. Talking About Money Right Away

When you talk about the salary for a position right away, it shows recruiters you’re more concerned with how much you’ll be making than whether you’ll do a good job.

Just remember, you’re being paid for your performance and contributions. Your qualifications should always be discussed first. The compensation discussion comes only after the employer decides you are the best person for the position.

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3. Lacking Knowledge About the Company

Companies expect prospects to do research before coming to the interview. It shows they are serious about the position and can do their due-diligence, even at the interview.

You can impress recruiters by incorporating facts about the company into your answers or referring to previous milestones, especially if they’re not on the website.

4. Not Asking Any Questions

All interviews end with one last quiz from the recruiter, “Do you have any questions?”

Say no, and you’ll fail the test. If you don’t ask any questions at the end, you appear uninterested (and pretty dull). Be sure to write down any questions that come to mind throughout the interview, and always come up with a few thoughtful questions before the interview, too.

That way, if no other questions come to mind, you’ll have some backups. Just be sure you don’t ask about something they already answered in the interview.

5. Exhibiting Negative Body Language

Body language can show recruiters how confident you feel that you’re a good fit for the position. Be sure to make regular eye contact, give a firm handshake, sit up straight, and not cross your arms across your chest. These all show confidence and professionalism, and can give you an edge in the job search.

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6. Being Afraid to Have a Sense of Humor

The interview doesn’t have to be serious the entire time. It also shouldn’t be made a joke. Follow the lead of the recruiter. If he cracks a joke, laugh but don’t take it and run with a series of bad puns and jokes. He’s not interested in your comedic abilities; he’s testing you to see how likable you will be to other coworkers.

7. Rescheduling Twice

Rescheduling an interview happens, and recruiters often understand. However, if you do it twice, it’s likely you’ve blown your chances.

8. Being Too Confident

We mentioned above you should be confident, but being boastful is bad too. You must have a balance. Just show you know you have what it takes, but don’t go overboard with it.

9. Lying

Lying is a big no-no. Even a white lie could get you into trouble. It may be tempting to embellish your abilities or tell a different version of the truth for a particular experience, but the truth comes out when references are checked. According to lead technical recruiter Mindy Mihajlov, it’s better to be truthful if you don’t have experience in a subject rather than misrepresenting your skills.

You are a worthy person with a lot of knowledge and skill; you just need to show it. Stick to the truth and your abilities and accomplishments will speak for themselves.

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10. Being Longwinded

Being longwinded can be a sign someone is easily distracted, uncomfortable, or just a chatterbox that will spend more time talking than working. Keep answers short while giving the interviewer the answers he needs to decide you are the best candidate for the job.

In the wise words of Winston Churchill, a good speech (or interview answer, in this case) should be long enough to cover the subject but short enough to create interest.

Just remember, the interview process is a time for the recruiter and you to decide if this job is a good fit for both of you. If you don’t get the position despite a flawless interview, it’s likely because they decided someone else was a better fit. Don’t let it get you down.

The perfect job will come along and, as long as you don’t make any of these mistakes, you’ll likely find the recruiter will be impressed with your skills.