It’s easy to get nervous during an interview, but it’s important to keep those nerves from causing you to act unprofessionally. What are things you should avoid doing or saying during an interview? Let’s hear from our hiring experts!
This might sound obvious, but give your interviewer your full attention and respect their time. Jonathan, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, shares, “One candidate decided to answer their phone during an interview and take the phone call. It wasn't an emergency call, just a friend checking in. This individual took the call and was on for probably about five minutes while we sat there and waited. The lesson of the story is unless it's an emergency - let it go to voicemail.” More from Jonathan
Gus, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., says, “Always avoid bashing your previous company or boss. This is a red flag for the interviewer and could be viewed as a character flaw or a lack of communication skills and comes across as unprofessional.” More from Gus
Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, shares, “A common mistake is being unprepared. Do your research on an organization before you interview. Remember that you're interviewing a company just as much as they are interviewing you. Ask questions that will provide you with more insight into the organization. Questions regarding benefits and compensation can wait until you're further on in the process.” More from Patricia
Jacqueline, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, suggests, “It’s important to be aware of your body language. Avoid overly-casual body language and posture as it might be viewed as a lack of interest or overconfidence. Instead, be attentive to your interviewer(s) and make sure your body language reflects that attentiveness.
“Your communication skills are important as well. You want to be professional by avoiding cursing, slang, and acronyms, which may not translate well outside of your role. While you may be nervous, it’s best to avoid using frequent filler phrases such as ‘um’ or ‘you know’ as they can be distracting from the message you are trying to convey.” More from Jacqueline
Forgetting To Be Yourself
Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, says, “One last thing to avoid is not being yourself. Don't try to be what you think the interviewers want you to be, just be you. If you can't be yourself through the interview process, what makes you think you could be yourself working there? If it's not a fit, it's not a fit, better to find out in the interview vs. your first week on the job.” More from Tom
Go into your interview confident, prepared, and professional! Even if you find that this role or company isn’t the right fit, it’s a great opportunity to gain experience and make connections.