How to avoid the biggest interview mistakes
Are you experienced to do the job? Do you want the job? Do you fit with the organisation? These are the three most important questions.. Avoid mistakes that will make your answers to them sound like a "no".
Not showing an understanding of the job
Prepare for the interview by finding out all you can about the role, company and industry. Read about the company's history, milestones, values, products / services and customers; and research the wider challenges and opportunities in the sector.
Ask intelligent questions at the interview to clarify your responsibilities. Ask about short and long-term deliverables and how they will measure your performance.
Not saying how you did something
Rather than just saying you possess particular experience or a skill, evidence it. Practise your explanation of your core skills.
Find specific evidence from your background to match the job specification. These examples should already be highlighted in your CV as core skills and key achievements. Discuss these during interview.
Make sure your examples are relevant to the organisation or role
Not knowing why you want the job
Lack of enthusiasm is almost guaranteed to lose you the opportunity. .
Negative body language will counteract anything you say. Be confident whilst relaxed and open at the same time.
Do not speak negatively about any previous company or colleagues. Aim to project an impression of a professional who is able to fit in to most environments.
Not following up
A post-interview thank you note is an excellent way to reiterate your strongest selling points, and the reason why you want the job.