When preparing for a job interview, you may not think looking at common mistakes would be a good thing, but not only is there a lot to learn, but they can actually provide a big help to your future employment opportunities when you're trying to find a job.
One slip-up many candidates, especially young ones, make is to dampen their excitement and nervousness too much before their interviews, according to US News and World Report. This has the added effect of making their mood seem disinterested in a position, which has the potential to harm their performance. However, using the period before the interview to your advantage is just as easy - knowledge is power, and the more you know about your potential employer, the better off your chances will be. Looking into a company's history and what you'll be expected to do in your position will not only help you appear interested but impress your potential manager.
However, focusing too much on the interview can also have its drawbacks, according to Forbes. Some applicants believe that by researching their potential interview questions extensively, they'll look prepared, but just as often they can harm their prospects by appearing mechanical and rigid. It's important to have a fluid interview experience that allows your interviewer to build a rapport with you. Being able to do the job at hand is important, but so is the human connection, which shows your personality and your fit with the employer.
Honesty is the best policy
A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 30 percent of hiring managers continually find misleading or outright false information on their resumes. While it may seem like a little white lie won't hurt anyone, it's a much better policy to tell the truth whenever possible - especially when 80 percent of employers will check your references, sometimes before an interview even begins, the survey said.
Even if an interview goes swimmingly, and the question you had in mind has been answered in the process, always take the opportunity to follow up at the end. Employers aren't looking for respect or politeness when they see if you have something to add - they want to know what you think about the company, its workers and its business. Taking that opportunity, even if it means asking a question that you make up on the fly, will never harm your potential, instead giving you one last chance for a great impression.