13 things to avoid during a job interview

13 things to avoid during a job interview

It is also bad to visit quite early, as this sends a wrong message. Also, by visiting early or much before the scheduled time, you are just adding to...

Arriving late

Have you ever been advised to be late for your interview? Well, it's the worst advice one can ever get. Make sure you are always on time or reach at least 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled time. There are several candidates, who take it liberally and get late for interviews and ultimately cost the job.

Arriving too early

It is also bad to visit quite early, as this sends a wrong message. Also, by visiting early or much before the scheduled time, you are just adding to the stress of the staff at the company, which is not a good way to start.


Don’t just smoke before you go for the interviews. Even if you have mouth fresheners, it still won't work. You ought to follow certain etiquette before going for the interview and not smoking is one out of them. So if you get to meet a smoke buddy before going for an interview, simply don’t accompany him.


Again, like smoking, drinking is simply a big no. It is better that you do not even indulge any booze a night before the interview. This might affect your senses and answering skills. You simply can’t afford to make any silly mistakes during your job interview.

Dressing wrong

Another silly suggestion by a friend that can cost you a job is wrong attire. Even if you do not want to dress formally, try to wear decent attire and decent colours.

Chewing gum

Just spit the chewing gum before you enter the interview premises. To chew gum during face to face interview is simply considered as bad manners.

Bringing a friend along

Even if you feel nervous, don't just ask your friend to accompany you for the interview. This would make the interviewer doubt your leadership skills and ability to take responsibilities.


Be precise and direct for what you have to convey. Do not blabber. The recruiter might think that you are either a nervous talker or can simply not get to the point.

Bad mouthing your ex

To talk negative about the last boss is one of the easiest things to do. However, this reveals your disrespectful attitude towards your managers, which would again cost you your job.

A bad handshake

A limp handshake gives an impression that you are either not interested or are weak. To shake hands with finger tips conveys your inability to engage. And the arm pump handshake shows your aggressive attitude. All these handshakes are considered as bad handshakes, so try practicing before visiting for interview.

Being rude and bad tempered

Don't be rude with any staff member at the company.

Glancing at the watch too often

Keep your schedule free for the interview day. Don’t just give your time to your friend or for any other work so that you have to be in hurry or look at the watch quite often to rush out.

Informing your salary expectation before asked Last but not the least do not just talk about your salary expectations before being asked. Wait for the right time -- at least after you have won the employer.

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