The top job interview mistake: Appear anxious or nervous
To start things off, employers seem to be turned off by anxiety and nervousness. Obviously, this is a part of the interview process — people get nervous. This isn’t an instant interview killer since most interviewers will forgive you to some extent. But if you can’t handle sitting and talking in a room, how can you be expected to fulfill the duties of the position you’re applying for without freaking out? You need to maintain your composure and radiate confidence. At least to the best of your abilities.
But there are other things you can do that will, in the eyes of an employer, be a dealbreaker. A survey from CareerBuilder has identified the worst offenders.
“There aren’t many things more nerve-wracking than walking into a room of people you desperately want to impress. In a new survey from CareerBuilder, employers shared the most memorable job interview mistakes candidates have made and how body language can hinder their chances of moving forward in the interview process,” a press release said.
“According to the nationwide survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from November 16 to December 6, 2016 among more than 2,600 hiring and human resource managers, it doesn’t take long for a hiring manager to make a decision,” the release continued.
From that survey, here are five fatal mistakes that can instantly ruin your shot at getting a job offer.