Mistakes that scream I'm not interested" even if you want the job
In my experience when it comes to giving job interviews, it's not a matter of what the candidate says but it's more about how they say it.
The best way to express your passion and enthusiasm is through your actions and body language. Unfortunately, I've seen too many people make mistakes that knock them out of the running. Here are what I mean:
Not knowing what the company does This is a no brainer BUT you'd be surprised how many people-- even the senior ones in their mid-level career did not come prepared. And honestly, this makes me roll my eyes and turns me off. So if you come unprepared and tell me multiple times that you want the opportunity to work with me, I've already lost interest. The rest of the interview is just a courtesy. So please... do your research and study and be prepared!
Showing up Late I'm strict about tardiness as my time is precious and valuable. So if you're late, you might as well consider it game over. Always leave with time in advance. Check for traffic or delays if it's during rush hour. And arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before schedule. This is to your advantage to give you time to prepare.
Wearing the wrong clothes Too tight or clingy, too short or too revealing - men and women both make this mistake. It's important that you do a culture check. Don't wear a hoodie at an investment bank or a suit at a startup. If you dress inappropriately, you're telling me that you don't fit.
Rambling pointlessly When I ask tell me about yourself, what are your biggest accomplishments, your strengths or weaknesses, and so on. I don't want to hear rambling. When you ramble, it tells me that you weren't prepared and you're also confessing
I have no idea how I can contribute.
Lying, exaggerating, inflating I have interviewed a few people who proved that they were inauthentic in everything they said about themselves, their experience, accomplishments, goals etc. They were all suspect. If there's a mismatch between what you're working on and what you claim is the scope and level of your current job. So what you're saying to the hiring manager is
You can't believe anything I've said.
Not staying in your lane When someone tries to take charge or control the interview. Always stay in your lane and go with the flow. You need to judge the flow around you. Match the interviewer's pace and give and take of the conversation. If you cross the lane, you're broadcasting that you're desperate, and this means that you're not fit for the job.
Being a pest about the next steps Yes there's a time frame when to reach out to the hiring manager about the interview process and when they'll be making their decision. However, nagging consistently does nothing to solidify in their mind that you'd be a great fit. I've had people call me the next day to thank me for the interview and only to ask when I'd be making my decision. I felt being put on the spot and like they were in a hurry. This screams insecurity. I've gotten multiple emails from the same person and the subject line all read the same. To me it read " I didn't get the last 7 jobs I interviewed for, so please please please hire me. ( SORRY, NOT SORRY)
Playing hard to get Don't hold back on your enthusiasm. Many people think twice and by doing so they assume the employer will try to convince them to take/accept job offer. Not the case. So if you are genuinely interested, say so by elaborating why you'd be a great fit for the role and organization. In short - if you don't finish strong, the interviewer will think you do not want the job and guess what. You won't get it.