You’ve found the role, made an application and been invited for an interview. What happens next will see you celebrating your success or trying to work out what, if anything, you did wrong.
To spare you the post-interview angst, here are some of the most common mistakes people make in job interviews and how you can avoid them.
Not knowing enough about the company
One of the key questions an interviewer is likely to ask is what you know about the organisation. Before going to a job interview you can learn about a company by visiting their website, checking out their social media, or reading their annual report. Glassdoor.com is a great resource for researching a business, its culture and the experiences of candidates who have been interviewed previously. If it’s possible to visit the company as a customer, this can be a good way to experience first-hand what they offer and understand how they operate.
Not understanding the role
An interviewer might ask you about your understanding of the role you have applied for. You should be able to describe the purpose of the role and what you can bring to the job.
You can learn about the role from the job advertisement, the job description, and by looking at the LinkedIn profile of the person currently in the role. If you are put forward by a recruiter, be sure to ask questions to find out as much as possible about the organisation and the role.