5 Most Common Mistakes People Make in an Interview

Sure, you’ve read articles explaining what TO do in an interview and how to give off a great impression but what about a silly mistake that can put off an interviewer within the first 5 minutes? In this article, Nina Buffi (CTO and Managing Director at OSPIN) gives us her 5 most common mistakes people make in an interview.



1. Forgetting that the interview is a two-way street


You need to figure out if the job, the people you will be working with, and the employer are what you want.


2. Talking in clichés


“I work too hard”, “I am a perfectionist”, “I like working in a team”: differentiate yourself, tell me something I will remember!


3. Pretending


Having heard about “AWS” does not make you an AWS expert. Be honest. We will figure out what you know (or don’t know) anyway!


4. Following up too aggressively by sending multiple e-mails


If I don’t get back to you it is because I did not take any decision yet, “spamming” me does not help.


5. Expressing fears about having to work too much


In some work environments such a fear may be legitimate, but it just gives the impression you do not want to engage yourself.

Some more tips…


“Not being not on time, not well enough informed about the company/position, not showing enough interest/motivation, unrealistic expectations, playing a role”

Peyman Pouryekta, Director Of Engineering at Spectrm


“A common mistake especially done by senior candidates is trying to answer questions in a way the candidate thinks is the best fit for the position instead of being open and honest.”

Jens Verneuer, Senior Director Of Engineering at Global Savings Group


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