Infographic: 34 crucial tips for your next job interview

So you’ve applied for a new job and landed yourself an interview. A job interview can be intimidating; not only are you worried about impressing a potential employer with your skills and experience, but you’re also worried about making rookie mistakes. Now is time to think about your interview technique so you can ensure you land yourself the job.

It only takes 90-seconds for a hiring manager to decide if they would hire a candidate. And it’s estimated that 55% of your first impression is determined by the way you dress; with 70% of employers saying they don’t want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy.  

In this infographic, created by College Atlas, there are 34 tips that could help you leave a good impression during your next interview. It points out some of the most common non-verbal mistakes job seekers make and lists some of the most frequently asked questions by interviewers.

So, before you head out for your next interview, read over this infographic and be careful not to make these mistakes at your next interview.

Infographic: 34 crucial tips for your next job interview

34 crucial job interview tips

In a survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers, 33% claimed to know whether or not they would hire someone within 90 seconds.

Common nonverbal mistakes made during job interviews

  • 67% fail to make eye contact
  • 47% have little knowledge of the company
  • 38% don’t smile
  • 33% have bad posture
  • 33% fidget too much
  • 26% have a weak handshake
  • 21% play with their hair or touch their face
  • 21% cross their arms over their chest
  • 9% use too many hand gestures

What are first impressions are determined by?

  • 55% – The way you dress, act, and walk through the door
  • 38% – The quality of your voice, grammar, and confidence
  • 7% – The words you choose to say

Things that have an impact on first impressions

  • 70% of employers claim they don’t want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy
  • 65% of hiring managers say clothes can be the deciding factor between two similar candidates. Therefore, brightly-coloured clothing is a bad thing

Top 10 most common interview mistakes

  1. Over-explaining why you lost your last job
  2. Conveying that you’re not over losing your last job
  3. Lacking humor, warmth or personality
  4. Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm
  5. Inadequate research about a potential employer
  6. Concentrating too much on what you want
  7. Trying to be all things to all people
  8. “Winging” the interview
  9. Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates
  10. Failing to ask for the job

4 questions most likely to be asked

  1. What was your experience like at…?
  2. Why do you want to work for us?
  3. What do you know about our company?
  4. Why did you leave your previous job?

The most important interview tips

  1. Learn about the company you’re applying to
  2. Have a specific position in mind that you’d like to fill
  3. Review your qualifications for the job
  4. Be ready to briefly describe related experience

Need more tips? Then check out how to promote yourself in a job interview.


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