So, you’ve got the call; they want you in for a job interview. Whether you’re interviewing for a work experience placement, an internship or your dream graduate scheme, the interview is one of the most important elements of a job hunt. Nail it, and you’re in – bungle the interview, and your chances of getting your foot in the door are significantly lesser.

Think you need all the help you can get? Read on to learn about the top 10 most common interview mistakes prospective employees make so you can steer clear of them in future.


1. Failing to do your research

According to a survey of employers by Barclay’s LifeSkills, over half of interviewees fail to do enough research in advance.


2. Showing off

No one likes someone who brags in an interview – try and toe the line between acknowledging your achievements and congratulating yourself.


3. Asking no questions

Employers see a failure to ask questions as a big deal, so get preparing and think of at least three before your interview!


4. Not acting interested or engaged with the interviewer

Over half of employers said that not acting interested or engaging with the interviewer was a common problem.


5. Making up answers

If you don’t know the answer to something, admit it.


6. Lying about achievements

Don’t try and fudge any of your answers — chances are you’ll get caught out sooner rather than later.


7. Not dressing appropriately

When interviewing for a job or internship, it’s imperative to look both professional and polished, no matter the company.


8. Rambling on

There’s nothing worse than an interviewee who doesn’t know when to stop talking. Pay attention to the person interviewing you and take cues from them to avoid being “that” person.


9. Failing to explain what you’d bring to the role

The person interviewing you is trying to picture you in the role you’ve applied for – do them a favour by helping them visualise it.


10. Moaning about your current employer

Don’t make the mistake of badmouthing your past or present employer. Not only is it unprofessional, you also have no idea whether the person interviewing you knows who you’re talking about.