Last week I talked about 5 Key Steps To Acing Your First Job Interview.

But how many of us are really able to hit the bullseye in their job

interviews? How many walk out with an appointment letter and a glow on

their face? The answer - only a few of us.

That's one of the main reasons we have ever increasing number of job hunters and why interview preparation is in itself a thriving business today.


not always that you fail an interview due to weak academic backgrounds

and inadequate skill sets. You will hear stories of people getting

selected for a job in spite of not having the required educational

qualification and experience. How did they do it? Simple, by presenting

themselves better then the other candidates and not committing the

mistakes that I am going to talk about. You committed these mistakes

and that's why you failed and the guy next door who wasn't as

experienced and educated as you, got that cherished job!

  • You didn't prepare

    knew there was an interview coming up next week and you really wanted

    that job. However you didn't think about preparing for the interview

    and researching the company and various other things related to the

    interview. Why should you? You've got all the experience and knowledge,

    right?! Complacency is the mother of destruction, and this complacency

    about yourself, your experience and your skills cost you the job.


    the mantra is - Even if you were the CEO of your previous company, you

    should take some time out and prepare for the upcoming interview.

    There's no harm in doing that and it will empower you with more

    knowledge and confidence for the interview.

  • The I don't care attitude

    arrived late for the interview, were not dressed properly, didn't carry

    all the documents required and had an air of supremacy around you which

    had developed from the belief that you are the right person and the

    only person fit for the job. And that's why you didn't elaborately

    answer most of the questions asked by the HR executive.

    Such an attitude can easily ruin the prospects of the best candidate out there.

  • You were aggressive

    interviewer tried to test your patience by asking you some weird

    questions or similar questions again and again. Instead of being

    patient and responding politely, you lost your cool and spoke in a loud


    You should know that it's a very common tactic of testing

    the candidate's patience where the interviewer tries to provoke him in

    order to check if the candidate freaks out too early. This is done to

    see if the candidate would be able to work in a high pressure corporate

    environment. Losing your patience in such situations reduces the

    chances of your getting selected in the interview.

  • You begged for the job

    that you may not have a good chance for getting selected in the

    interview, you resorted to begging for the job and emotionally alter

    the HR executive's decision.

    Believe me, when you beg for the

    job, the interviewer on the other side loses all respect for you and

    makes sure that you are rejected. It's a give and take relationship and

    the employer doesn't pay the interviewer to hire those who haven't

    prepared well and don't respect themselves.

  • You badmouthed your previous employer or your boss

    were already employed and hence you were asked the obvious question,

    Why you want to switch jobs? Iin the answer to that question you

    criticized your employer and your boss and said that you didn't like to

    work there.

    Portraying a negative attitude towards your previous

    employer can go against you because the interviewer might consider you

    to be wrong, not your employer.

  • You didn't think beyond the money

    just talked about money and nothing else. When asked why you want to

    switch jobs or what do you expect from your new employer, your answer

    was always centered around the money factor.

    This is the dumbest

    of all mistakes and the most commonly committed too. Even if you are in

    it for money, you shouldn't show that. Instead talk about career and

    other benefits related to the job.

I hope this article helps a job seeker in getting the best out of his interview and ultimately securing the job.