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Prepping Can Avoid Costly Interview Mistakes

By: Margaret Hansen

Have You Ever?

Running late, you forget to shut off your cell phone and take one last sip of coffee before heading in for an interview. Woops - it spills on your jacket and you're left wearing a casual shirt. You brush it off and hurry in. When you get to your interview, you realize you left your questions in the car. Panicking, you find it hard to concentrate on what the interviewer is saying. All of sudden your phone rings to the tune of "I Like to Move It" at what seems like a deafening 110 decibels. You wish you could start your day over.

Perhaps it's safe to say that you won't be getting this job.

Costly Mistakes

Anyone is capable of making a mistake, but could your mistakes cost you a potential job? The answer is, undoubtedly, yes. Our recent poll cites answering a cell phone call during an interview as the greatest offense (46 percent). Arriving late came in second, getting 23 percent of the votes.

Beyond these obvious snafus that could happen to anyone, Interview Coach Carole Martin says that a lack of preparation in general continues to be the greatest mistake that job candidates make.

"Most people, even after spending hours slaving over a perfect resume, fail to put in the necessary preparation for the most important part of the process: the interview!" says Martin.

Preparation Is Key

Martin says preparation includes:

  • Knowing how to answer difficult questions you might be asked
  • Knowing when to walk away from a bad company
  • Coming up with strategies to overcome interview anxiety
  • Standing out from other candidates by demonstrating your unique skills and qualities
  • Knowing how to bond with your interviewers and doing just that
  • Dressing appropriately
  • Knowing what you're worth in terms of salary

Time and energy spent on these areas prior to your next interview - along with some good habits of shutting off your cell phone and allowing enough time - could avoid costly mistakes.


Margaret Hansen has been writing professionally since receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine. She has worked for multiple organizations as a weekly newspaper reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, and in a variety of internal/external marketing communications roles. Her freelance career has focused on writing and editing for print, email and web publications in the employment industry, as well as manuscript editing and resume writing.