Common Mistakes Made At Interviews

Going to an interview can be daunting and it is the first impression you make on potential employers. It’s important to not make the wrong impression so here are some thing you should not do once you have reached the interview stage.

1. Turning up late

You should always arrive on time or slightly early, around 10 minutes before, however it is important to leave plenty of time to get there in case of traffic. Showing up late shows that you are not prepared and may lead the interviewer to think you may be late to work regularly.

2. Dressing inappropriately

Dressing appropriately for the interview is key. The first impression you make will be based off your clothing and body language. Showing up to an interview in tracksuit bottoms and a hoody will give the impression that you aren’t serious about getting the job and can give an impression of laziness. We would always recommend formal business attire for the first interview unless told otherwise.

3. Criticising previous employers

Criticising your previous employers in an interview shows that you may not have good conflict-resolution skills and may make you seem difficult to work with. Instead of doing this say what you learnt from your previous employers.

4. Talking too much

Talking too much can give the impression that you’re unprepared and just talking as you think of it. It can also make you seem as though you aren’t listening when you trail off and away from what the interviewer really asked.

5. Poor eye contact

Making eye contact can build a foundation of trust between you and the interviewer, making eye contact shows that you are listening to what is being said and that you aren’t losing focus. If you don’t make eye contact it may seem as though you are lying about what you are saying.

6. Lying

It may seem harmless to tell a white lie about your skill level or experience, but you will get caught out when the interviewer follows up about your CV. Just tell the truth and what you hope to achieve and if you’re right for the role the interviewer will know.


To summarise the best thing to do is practice your interview technique beforehand and make sure you look appropriate. Check out our previous blogs on CV tips and Interview tips to have the best chance of success.