7 Dumb Things Not To Do At Your Next Job Interview

Do you want to guarantee that you’re not going to get the job when you go in for your next interview? Just do the following seven dumb things and there’s going to be a really good chance that the person interviewing you is going to toss your resume in the wastebasket as soon as you walk out the door.

1. Arrive Late

Yes, there are a lot of good reasons that you might be late but none of them matter on interview day. Don’t be late to a job interview for any reason whatsoever. Nobody interviewing you ever wants to wait around for you to arrive.

2. Fail to dress up

You need to wear interview-appropriate clothes to all job interviews. Depending on the position that you’re applying for, that might mean business casual or it might mean suit and tie. You should always err on the side of being overdressed instead of underdressed.

3. Say “I don’t know” in response to an interview question

The caveat here is that if you don’t know the answer to a question then you can say that you don’t know but follow up by saying what you would do to find out the answer to the question. In most cases an interview consists of opinion questions and questions about your experience so ” don’t know” shouldn’t even be an answer that you consider giving.

4. Enter with a negative attitude

It is a tough job market out there. Many people are sick of doing interviews and they bring that attitude with them when they go to meet a potential employer. As an employer, would you want to hire someone who exudes negativity at the interview? Definitely not. If you come in thinking, “ugh, just another interview; I’m not going to get this job either” then you’re probably not.

5. Complain

For the same reasons that you don’t want to give off negative vibes, you don’t want to complain at your interview. Don’t complain about the traffic that almost made you late, the last job that you had or how tough it was to find the place of business. Complain to your friends and family after you leave if you have to but stay positive during the actual interview.

6. Lie

There are a lot of good reasons that people can come up with to lie in an interview. They fudge the facts about their experience or education. While it’s natural to tell little white lies about how much you want the job or how enthusiastic you are about the company, you should never lie outright about any facts. When it comes out that you’ve lied (and it probably will) then you’ll look really bad.

7. Fail to Ask Questions

At the end of just about every interview that you will ever go to, you will be asked, “do you have any questions?” Your answer should always be yes upon which you should ask an intelligent question that reflects the fact that you truly have an interest in learning more about the position, the company or the interviewer’s experience with the job. A failure to ask a question here often comes across is disinterest or lack of attention.

Try to put yourself in the position of the interviewer who has to listen to the stories of dozens of job applicants. Make yourself interesting and appealing enough so that you would like yourself if you were that person!

Want to really impress the person interviewing you? Check out these five tips!

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