Avoiding Interview Mistakes by College Students

Interview Mistakes by College StudentsWhat could possibly go wrong in going to a job interview? Quite a lot of things, actually! College students can avoid unnecessary disasters by preparing ahead of time to ace that interview. A big part of this is knowing how to present yourself to recruiters and hiring managers. Familiarize yourself with the following mistakes—and avoid them at all costs.



Not being enthusiastic and conversational, and not showing interest in getting the job

Greeting the interviewer with a smile helps create a good first impression. It is important to let your personality shine through and show strong interest in getting the job. Hiring managers want to get to know your personality, not just your college grades.

Get the interviewer to like you by asking questions while showing that you are actually listening to what’s being said to you. Interviewers are more likely to view everything you say in a positive light once they start to like you.

You may wish to include an “Interests” section in your resume. This is a great way to make a connection with the interviewer. You might be surprised to learn how much you and the interviewer share the same interests. At the same time, talking about what you like can make you more excited and enthusiastic.

Not knowing why you want the job

Always have a concrete answer as to why you are interested in the position before going to the interview. If you don’t, it will be evident to the recruiter. When this happens, it is possible that you’re not really interested in getting the job. It’s helpful to take time to figure out what you really want from your career (besides a source of income).

Not knowing anything about the company

Don’t waste anyone’s time by showing up to an interview without having an idea of why you’re there in the first place. Seeing no passion in your eyes is enough for you to be rejected. Show your admiration for the company by doing research and keeping yourself updated regarding the events that are taking place inside the company. Interviewers love hearing something positive about the organization during the interview.

Haven’t seriously considered whether you’re a good candidate for the job

Be honest and assess yourself based on your qualifications, skills, achievements and strengths. Relate these to the core competencies of the job to see if you meet their requirements. Don’t feel uncomfortable when it’s time to promote yourself, since this is critical in landing a job.

Not asking the interviewer any questions                                                

Just like you’re supposed to ask questions in your college classes, asking questions during an interview is a good idea since it shows how interested you are in working for the company. Therefore, you will want to prepare at least five questions before going to the interview. Ask questions about the job, the company and the interviewer. Asking them what they like most about their job helps shift their focus to themselves. The more they talk about themselves, the more they like the person they are taking to. However, don’t ask too many questions; you won’t want the interview to sound like an interrogation. Also, asking negative questions is definitely a no-no.

College students can succeed in job interviews just like anybody else can. Knowing about the mistakes listed above should increase your chances of getting hired and working for the company that’s right for you.

Read 4245 times Last modified on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 13:26
Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.