Funny but True Interview Advice: What to do and NOT to do in an interview…

Job interviews can be scarier than a clown with a chainsaw, but they don’t have to be. You can avoid common interview mistakes and slay that interview like a dragon-slaying knight. Here are some mistakes you should avoid:

  1. Arriving Late or Unprepared: Don’t let the interviewer think you’re on island time. Show up on time, with a copy of your resume, and a pen. And please, don’t forget to put your pants on.
  2. Dressing Inappropriately: Don’t dress like you’re going to a pool party. Leave the flip-flops, tank tops, and beachwear at home. Dress professionally, and make sure your clothes are ironed and not covered in Cheetos dust.
  3. Failing to Research the Company or Position: Don’t go into the interview blind. Do your research. If you don’t know what the company does, you’ll look as confused as a dog trying to play Jenga.
  4. Being Overly Talkative or Not Talking Enough: Don’t be a chatterbox, but don’t be a mime either. Strike a balance. Remember, the interviewer isn’t interested in your entire life story, just the relevant parts.
  5. Giving Vague or Generic Answers: Don’t be as vague as a fortune cookie. Give specific examples of your achievements, and don’t be afraid to brag a little. But please, no humble bragging. No one likes a showoff.
  6. Failing to Ask Questions: Don’t be as silent as a library. Ask questions. It shows you’re interested in the job and the company. And if you’re really stuck, just ask if the company has any snacks in the break room.
  7. Appearing Uninterested or Disengaged: Don’t be as uninterested as a sloth. Show some enthusiasm, smile, and make eye contact. It’s important to show that you’re excited about the opportunity, and not just there because your mom made you apply.
  8. Badmouthing Previous Employers or Colleagues: Don’t be a gossip queen. No one wants to hear you trash-talking your ex-boss or co-workers. It’s unprofessional, and it makes you look petty. So, keep it positive, even if your last job was as terrible as a root canal.

If you can avoid these common interview mistakes, you’ll be as impressive as a penguin in a tuxedo. Good luck and check back often, the team at Parkerbeth is always looking for new and interesting ways to help you succeed at finding your dream job!