Below is a list of the most common mistakes that can be made during an interview. Try to avoid them and attempt to be yourself as much as possible. Don’t let nerves get the better side of you!
- Lack of eye contact - for majority of HR professionals, this is a factor for disqualifying a candidate. Avoiding eye contact may indicate that you lack confidence, and also can cause confusion for the recruiter.
- Not smiling - remember that a positive and cheerful attitude during an interview can give you the advantage over other competitors. First impression matters.
- Rotating in your chair - many recruiters do not like it, a bit of nervousness during a job interview is completely natural and expected, just try to keep your movement to a minimum
- Crossing your arms - this may indicate an exaggerated self-confidence or even boredom during a conversation.
- Playing with your hair - this is often interpreted as flirtatious and unprofessional. In a formal interview situation this kind of behaviour should be avoided.
- Touching your face - experts discourage employing candidates who touch their face excessively. It can indicate a dishonest intent, or at best, indecisiveness.
- A weak handshake –this can be perceived negatively by recruiters and may indicate a lack of confidence, indecision, or detachment. Besides, it's awkward. A recruiter may think, “are you shaking my hand or not?”