No one wants to see job seekers self-sabotage! Avoid these common pitfalls to increase your chances of making a positive impression and landing the job you want. Remember, first impressions matter, and the interview is your chance to showcase your skills, experience, and personality.

  1. Arriving late or unprepared. Showing up late and scattered can send the signal to the interviewer that you’re not taking the opportunity seriously, which can undermine your chances of success.
  2. Excessive negativity. Focusing on the negative aspects of your previous job or speaking poorly of former colleagues can create a negative impression. Remember to watch your body language!
  3. Arrogance. While confidence is important, coming across as overly arrogant or dismissive can be a major turnoff for hiring managers. Strike the right balance between talking about your accomplishments and showing interest in the company and the position.
  4. Inappropriate attire. Dressing too casually or inappropriately can give the impression that you are not taking the opportunity seriously or are not a good cultural fit for the organization.
  5. Forgetting to follow up. After an interview, it’s important to follow up with a thank you note or email. Failing to do so can make you appear uninterested or unprofessional. Send a brief note thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterating your interest in the position.