1. Not preparing. This may sound obvious and you may already feel confident and prepared but go the extra mile and prepare even more. There’s always something more you can learn about the company and the position. Plan which stories and/or data points you can use to emphasize the words on your resume. Additionally, preparation will help you think of some knock out questions at the end of the interview.
2. Oversharing or being too casual. There’s a line between oversharing and being too casual during your interview. Be concise. Make the interviewer picture you in the role by giving relevant examples of how you can add value to the company. (Remember, you already prepared for this). Oversharing could lead to the interviewer seeing you as unprepared. Being too casual could make the interviewer think you don’t care whether you get the position.
3. Not practicing Active Listening. Active Listening is a difficult skill to perfect, but it’ll help with interviewing and networking. Really consume what the interviewer is saying and asking. If you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask them to clarify. They’d rather you ask for clarification and then answer correctly than answer the question incorrectly. You don’t have to answer immediately. You’re allowed to take some time to think.
– Brent Greiner, Technical Recruiter