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4 Ways People Bomb Job Interviews

Interviews can be stressful.  However, they're made much more so when you start to sense that you're bombing.  Rather than do that, learn the most common ways that people bomb interviews so you don't make any of these rookie mistakes the next time you interview for your dream job:

  1. Getting Defensive.  Some interviewers will ask you challenging questions or even come off as being slightly aggressive to see how you react under pressure.  Rather than getting defensive or flustered, take a deep breath and pause for a moment.  This gives you a chance to relax before answering, rather than spouting off the first thing that comes to mind.

  2. Being Unprepared.  At a minimum, you should prepare for an interview by refamiliarizing yourself with the specifics of your resume, researching the company you're interviewing with, preparing some questions to ask the interviewer, and practicing answers to some of the most commonly asked interview questions.  Few things make a worse impression than arriving to an interview completely unprepared.

  3. Arriving Late.  Speaking of arriving to the interview, it's extremely important that you arrive on time.  If you're unfamiliar with the area or don't know how long it will take you to get there, it's a good idea to give yourself twice the amount of time you think you'll need.  This has the added benefit of allowing you to sit for a few minutes to collect yourself in advance of the interview so you don't feel rushed or stressed.

  4. Little Enthusiasm.  Now is not the time to hone your resting b*tch face skills!  Instead, be positive and enthusiastic about the position and the company.  People who go on interviews and lack enthusiasm can appear bored, unfriendly, or as if they're merely looking to collect a paycheck.  While we realize that collecting said paycheck is important, you also want to appear interested in the job itself and your daily work responsibilities.