A good job interview can mean the difference between advancing in the hiring process or being told the company isn’t interested. You need to make a good impression when interviewing, and sometimes that’s as much about what you don’t do as it is about the things that you actually do.

There are a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to a successful interview. Seven key things you want to avoid when interviewing for a job include the following:

  • Dishonesty: Don’t exaggerate your abilities or say anything untrue at the interview. Potential employers can often tell immediately if you are being untruthful and dishonesty is always disqualifying. Even if you get away with the lie initially, it’s bound to come out eventually – and you could end up getting fired when it does.
  • Dressing inappropriately: Coming to the job interview dressed like you’re going to the beach or a cocktail party is not going to help you land the job. You don’t want to be too casual, too formal, too revealing or wear anything that could be described as controversial.
  • Showing up late: If you are tardy for the interview, there’s a good chance that you won’t be hired. Since employers expect you to put your best face forward when interviewing, coming late is a major red flag you won’t be responsible if you’re hired.
  • Not doing any interview prep: Before the interview, research the company so you can ask intelligent questions and be prepared to show why you’d be an asset. If you are unprepared, it will be obvious to the employer and they may hire you since your lack of preparation suggests you aren’t going to be very committed to the job.
  • Having no anecdotes to share: Interviewers want to get to know your professional accomplishments, and you should be able to provide stories that showcase your skills.
  • Talking too much – or too little: You want to make sure you answer interview questions and provide the details the employer is looking for– but you don’t want to come across as a chatterbox. Give clear, concise answers and provide the interviewer with a chance to talk as well.
  • Coming across as desperate: While you may be excited about the job, you don’t want to give the employer the impression you’re desperate to take any position, as this could be a red flag.

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