Learn about 3 common mistakes to avoid during your very next job interview. The mistakes and what to do about it below.

Mistake #1: Failure to properly prepare

Not being prepared for a job interview isn’t an option if you are looking to increase your chance of a successful outcome. Instead, you want to show up for a job interview with your knowledge of the company, extra resumes, and dressed in appropriate attire. By being prepared, you have a better chance of standing out over other candidates and obtaining the results you are looking for.

Mistake #2: Failure to provide complete responses to interview questions

Most interviewers will ask you behavior-based interview questions as part of the interview process. This is where they will ask you questions about something that you have done in your past employment. For example, you may be asked to describe how you handled a particular situation or challenge in a past position. This helps them to learn more about you and how you have handled certain situations. It also helps them to predict how you many handle a similar situation in the future.

When this occurs, many candidates generally do well by describing a specific problem, obstacle or challenge that they faced. However, you don’t want to stop there. You want to make sure you tell the entire story by including the actions you took and the outcome. By providing all 3 elements, a problem, the action that you took, and a result, you are providing a complete response to the interview question.

Mistake #3 Failure to communicate how your experience can benefit the organization

While it’s important to share about your experience and accomplishment during a job interview, you don’t want to stop there. Instead of just sharing your accomplishments, you also want to explain how it can benefit the company if they were to hire you. This can include how you can solve a problem, make life easier, or save the company time or money.

For example, instead of just saying “I worked in accounting for 5 years”, you could say something like “As an accounting professional, I have created systems that saved managers time and money in expense control management. I would like the opportunity to develop a similar process for your organization so that managers will have more time to focus on their other priorities.”


By incorporating the benefit to the organization, it’s shows how hiring you could potentially make life a little easier for managers.

Again, three common mistakes to avoid during your next job interview 1) Failure to properly prepare; 2) Failure to provide complete responses to interview questions; and 3) Failure to communicate how your experience can benefit the company.

By following the suggestions, you will increase your chances of a more favorable job interview outcome. It will also help you to stand out over other candidates and help you obtain the opportunities you are seeking.

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A Pose Small Alisa Charles is the creator of Style Your Career for Busy Moms. She is also a certified  Senior Professional in Human   Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been practicing human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee  Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” currently available on Amazon.com. In addition to her HR background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive coach and enjoys using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.