3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make In an Interview

March 11, 2014

Career Advice

Don’t look like newbie in your next interview. Show that you’ve been around the block and know how to play the game by avoiding these top mistakes:

1. Obsessing over salary.
Unfortunately, the interview is not the place to discuss salary. Salary discussion and negotiations are often left for the final offer. Until then, you might be kept in the dark about your potential paycheck. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your all in the interview. Even if you’re concerned about the pay rate for this position, your main goal in an interview is to get the job offer. Then you can discuss the green stuff — and pass up the opportunity if need be.

2. Focusing on what the company can do for you instead of what you can do to them.
Yes, a company gives you benefits and a paycheck, but in reality it’s all about what you can bring to the table. Save the “What can you do for me?” conversation for a later date. This interview is all about showing why you’re the best fit for the position. Once the company knows how great you and your talents are, they’ll be more likely to work with you when it comes to salary and benefits.

3. Not doing your research.
When we say “research,” there’s a lot we’re referring to. Do you know all about the company? Are you caught up on industry trends? Are you prepared with some well-thought out questions regarding the position thanks to an informational interview you previously set up with an employee? There is much homework to be done before an interview. Don’t skimp! It’s time well spent.

Read our ultimate interview recap for more interview advice.  



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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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