Ten Interviewing Red Flags All Job Seekers Should Avoid

There are many reasons why the most qualified candidate does not get the job. One sure way job seekers can improve their chances is to become familiar with the most common red flags employers and hiring managers watch for when making hiring decisions. To put your best self forward, avoid these common interviewing errors.


1. Making a poor first impression

A positive first impression may not get you the job, but a poor first impression can definitely derail the interview. Be on time, dress professionally, have a firm handshake and smile!


2. Being unreachable

Immediately following a job interview is not the time to tune out. If you don’t respond to the hiring manager’s voice messages and emails promptly, i.e., within 12- 24 hours, they may think you are not interested in the position and give up on you. Be accessible.


3. Submitting resumes and cover letters with errors

Typos are a no-no. Get someone to proofread before you submit your resume. Don’t rely on spell-check to catch every error.


4. Providing TMI

Don’t share your life story, just the relevant parts that apply to the job description and qualifications.


5. Bad mouthing

The old rule still applies: if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it. 


6. Being uninformed

In the age of the Internet, there’s no excuse for not gathering as much information as you can about a company or organization that you want to work for.


7. Asking what’s in it for you

Use your answers to inform the interviewer how you might help their business overcome obstacles, achieve their goals and grow their business.


8. Bringing up compensation

Let the interviewer bring up salary and benefits. They will when they’re ready….It’s not your job and will hurt your chances of making it to the next round of interviews or getting a job offer.


9. Failing to ask questions

A lack of curiosity about the job and the organization can be interpreted as a lack of interest. Show your enthusiasm by coming prepared to ask at least three questions.


10. Forgetting to send a thank you note

Be sure and send a thank-you email to each and every person you interviewed with ASAP, within a 12-hours. This reinforces your interest in the job opportunity and shows how well you fit the requirements.


I can help you smooth out any interview rough spots and prepare you to stand above the competition in your next job interviewer. Reach me at megan@wallscareercoach.com