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3 astoundingly common critical interview mistakes you should never make

December 19, 2021
Josh Greatrix

Josh Greatrix

Josh is our Divisional Manager for our management and central operations team. He specialises in recruiting for permanent project management, mid to senior-level management, and asset manager roles in the Facilities Management sector.

You have so much to remember when going into an interview, but are you aware of these common interview mistakes?

You have one shot to smash your interview, and we know it can be very daunting. This is your opportunity to share your skills and expertise, it’s your chance to wow your potential new employer and make a great impression.

But with all of that floating round your head, it’s essential to keep one eye on the things you SHOULDN’T do. Being aware of common (potentially fatal) interview mistakes will help you better prepare for your interview. You want your future employer to see you as the confident and qualified candidate you are, so use these tips to elevate your interview skills. 

Here are 3 things we see happen in interviews all too often, that leave a bad impression:

1. Had a bad experience at your old job? Don’t bring this energy into a new opportunity.

No one needs to know about any negativity with your previous employer. Trust us, the last thing that an interviewer wants to hear is you bad-mouthing another company. This would likely be a red flag to your future employer and may make them worry about what you’ll say about them when you move on. Leave your old employer at the door and keep things positive!

When you’re asked why you’re looking for a new role, don’t air any grievances you had with your manager, or difficulties you had with colleagues. Instead say you’re moving on because you’re looking to spread your wings and take on more responsibility.

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2. Salaries important, we get it, but not for your first interview.

You should definitely be clear with your recruiter about your salary expectations, and you may want to bring it up at second stage interview. But it's a common interview mistake to talk about it too early. It's not the right vibe for a first stage. First, find out more about the culture of the company and how you will fit in.

Don’t go into your interview focusing on the salary. It’s important, but you want to ‘wow’ your future employer with your skills first! Talk about the type of team you want to be joining and the type of culture that you thrive in. Share what you can bring to the employer with your skills and expertise, and why you are the right candidate for them.

3. Don’t leave without asking at least 3 questions…

We all know that when you get to the end of the interview, your interviewer is going to ask ‘have you got any questions?’ This isn’t an opportunity to say “No, you explained everything well.”

You want to seem invested in the company and in what a future there might look like, so come up with a list of questions you could ask at the end to show your interest. Never walk out the door without getting a conversation going. Try to get to know the company and what it would be like to work there!

Here are some examples:

  • What’s the planned progression for this role – where do you see it in 5 years time?
  • Do you have an idea of what success look like for this role – how could I impress you in the first 6 months?
  • Can you tell me what you personally like about working for this company?
  • What do you think makes people stay at this company?

So avoid those interview mistakes!​

So there you have it. Three astoundingly common interview mistakes that you now know to avoid. By side-stepping these, you’ll already be in great stead for making a fantastic first impression.

But just in case you really want to seal the deal, here’s one final little secret to help things go your way. Once you’re home from your interview take 10 minutes to send your interviewer a thank you email.

It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it shows your interviewer that you respect their time, and underlines your interest in role. It also says something about your character – that you’re polite and courteous! Leave them knowing that you’ll be an asset to their team.

If you are still struggling with how to smash your interview, whether it’s avoiding interview mistakes or structuring killer responses to the questions you’re asked, make sure to reach out to Boden Group. We don’t just help find you your next role, we also advise you on how to get it!