Top 5 Mistakes That Cost Job Offers

In the competitive job market, a big blunder in an application or job interview can seriously hurt your chances of landing the position. Here are a few of the most common mistakes job hunters make – learn from the mistakes of others and do your best to avoid them!

1. Errors in resume or cover letter

Your resume or cover letter is usually the first chance you have to make an impression on a potential employer. Having typos, spelling or grammar errors in your resume or over letter will instantly put you on the back foot and raise questions about your written skills and attention to detail.

Always proofread any written material (including emails and thankyou notes) you send to someone who might be in a position to employ you. If you are not a confident writer – or even if you are – ask someone who writes well to cast an eye over it also; because we see what we expect to see, it’s easy to miss your own errors.

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2. Arriving late to an interview

It may seem obvious, but turning up on time (or early) to an interview is an absolute must. Arriving late is not only impolite, it can make you seem disorganised and unreliable. Also, if your potential employer is on a tight schedule, your interview may be cut short.

Plan to arrive at least half an hour before your interview time; you’ll have some margin for error in the event of an unexpected delay, and it will give you time to sit, calm down and gather your thoughts.

3. Arriving unprepared for an interview

Neglecting to do the proper preparation for an interview suggests you have little interest in the organisation and a lack of enthusiasm for the job. Start by listing your goals, strengths and relevant work experience. Learn as much as you can about the company and the position you are applying for. Now, put the two together – why are you qualified for this role with this company and what do you need to demonstrate about yourself in the interview to show that you are the right person for the job?

It is also a good idea to ‘rehearse’. While you can never predict exactly how an interview will go, there are a number of questions that you can probably expect to come across, like “tell me about yourself” or “what are your weaknesses?” Research common interview questions, prepare your answers and practice delivering them.

4. Rambling in an interview

Avoid talking too much about irrelevant information or taking too long to answer a direct question. Stay focused on providing the information the employer is looking for – they want to know who you are relative to the job you are applying for. Telling them about your dog or where you grew up is not a good use of your interview time.

Again, preparation is the key; practice answering questions in a direct manner to help you steer clear of excessive, nervous talking.

5. Badmouthing previous employers

Even if your last boss was an overbearing tyrant, avoid being negative about a previous work situation. No matter how reasonable your complaints, being nasty or overly critical about a former employer will come across as disrespectful. Find a way to put a positive spin on your past employment experiences.

Above all, even if you’ve experienced a number of rejections, maintain a positive attitude. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will never find a job – each time you walk into an interview, tell yourself that if you don’t get this one, something better will come along. And believe it!

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