5 Things You Should Never Do Before a Job Interview

Searching for a new job can be grueling, so once you get a response to an inquiry, it’s understandable for you to be excited. It’s your time to shine. But don’t let your excitement get in the way of proper preparation. Now that you scored a job interview, it’s time to do the hard work and prepare.

Mike Smith, founder of Sales Coaching 1, said there’s one thing some job candidates don’t get right before the interview, and it could cost them the job. “I can’t even tell you how many interviewees have shown up late for the appointment they set! This is a major deal killer for most recruiters. If you’re not sure how long it takes to get there, do a dry run the same time of day as the interview so you can measure the time needed,” said Smith. Here are a few other things you should never do before a job interview.

1. Be overconfident

Will Ferrell in Anchorman

Will Ferrell in Anchorman | Source: Dreamworks

You were lucky enough to get the job interview, but that doesn’t mean you got the job. Even if you’re preparing for a follow-up interview, you can’t act like you’re the top pick until a signed offer letter is in your hands. Mark Jones, senior vice president at Alexander Mann Solutions, explained it like this:

Never assume you’ve landed the role, especially if there are more steps to go. You may be told that you’re a shoe-in, and that you just need to go to one last interview but that it’s really only a formality — that is never the case. Even if the recruiter completely means it — and they probably do — you can still mess it up, especially if you become too confident. For somebody else, who is a part of that final stage but not the earlier ones, this may be their first impression of you and so you still need to make it just as favorable as every other part of the process. 

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