A job interview is your chance to make a killer first impression and prove to the hiring manager that youre the best person for the job. Even the brightest and most experienced candidates seem to have issues following best practices for interviewing. She says these are some of the worst mistakes job candidates make in (or before) interviews that can make them look seriously unqualified: 1. Talking about how nervous you are You might think its endearing to admit to nerves in an interview, says Wessel.
But sometimes nerves get the best of us — or we just don’t prepare properly — and we end up doing things that discount our qualifications and make us seem irresponsible or incompetent.
“I’ve easily conducted over 200 job interviews in the past 12 months,” says Liz Wessel, CEO and cofounder of WayUp, a site used by 200,000 college students to find jobs at places like Microsoft, Uber, the New York Times, Disney, and Google, where Wessel previously worked. “Even the brightest and most experienced candidates seem to have issues following best practices for interviewing.”
You might think it’s endearing to admit to nerves in an interview, says Wessel. But the truth is, it’s not a good look. “Employers expect you to be an adult, calm under pressure, and able to handle the kinds of stressful situations that you might encounter in the workplace. Talking about your nerves, and by implication looking for pity, is a great to way to send them the message that you’re not ready to handle a real office environment.” Read more…