3 Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

by Kim Myles

September 12th, 2022

You really want that gig, but don’t want to make moves that will jeopardize your chances. Not sure how you should maneuver? Here are three common mistakes to avoid during a job interview.

1. Not Organizing Your Portfolio in Advance

You get one chance to make a first impression. Organizing your portfolio in advance is a timesaving measure. It can save you the trouble of creating resumes, cover letters or samples from scratch, while having to prepare for interviews too. You don’t want to turn down or miss an opportunity because you’re unprepared.

If you are a D.I.Y. type, Microsoft Office has a handy resume templates feature. You can pick a resume design and simply enter any relevant information. YouTube is another useful option you can use to create or organize your portfolio.

Also, there’s platforms like Fivver and Upwork where you can connect with people who will do it for you for a reasonable fee.

Keeping your portfolio up-to-date will keep you organized.

2. Not Marketing Your Best Skills

Another job interview mistake to avoid is not marketing yourself properly. You want to highlight any relevant experience. Talk about your past career accomplishments. Even if you lack experience in the position you’re applying for, mention any related information such as:

  • Education
  • Certifications
  • Awards
  • Internships
  • Workshops

It’s also worth mentioning any hobbies or volunteer work that tie into the position you’re interviewing for.

Keep in mind, most job interviews are between 5-7 minutes long. Don’t waste them.

RELATED: 6 Ways to Nail the Interview

3. Lacking Confidence

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Employers are looking for the best fit. It is your job to convince them why you’re it. You can’t do this if you’re lacking confidence. Be your own cheerleader. Explain to them why you would be a valuable asset to their organization.

“Eye contact, good posture, a cheerful demeanour and firm handshake will get you a long way in an interview. After all, this is what you’ll be bringing to the company, if successful.”

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15 Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

The key is to be yourself. Use positive words to describe yourself, such as hardworking, reliable, punctual, etc. Put your best foot foward, but don’t overthink it.

RELATED: 3 Essential Confidence Boosting Tips

Overall, you want to give yourself every advantage for an opportunity that may change your life. Preparing in advance can help ease anxieties. Practice saying aloud the most important things you want to convey during your interview.

Be organized and display self-assurance. These will all increase your chances of hearing the words “you’re hired”.

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