Common Reasons Why You Failed the Interview

June 19, 2014

Career Advice

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It sucks to fail an interview. All that work spent following the hiring process and what do you get in the end? Nothing. Well, that’s not totally true. You got practice interviewing. And becoming an expert at interviewing takes a lot of practice. We’ve already talked about the three biggest mistakes you can make during an interview, but unfortunately that’s just the start of it. Here are three common mistakes that might not seem like a big deal to you, but are a big deal to your interviewer:

1. You dressed inappropriately.
Remember: it’s much better to be overdressed that underdressed. It’s pretty safe to say that you can never overdress. An interview is very important and dressing up for it shows that you recognize that importance.

2. You badmouthed your former employer.
Whether you were laid off or left amicably, there is no reason to speak negatively about your former employer or coworkers. There’s a professional way to acknowledge that you were ready to move on — just focus on the positive. Discuss the fact that you are looking for new growth opportunities and learning experiences. The end.

3. You seemed uninterested in the position.
No, you don’t want to look desperate. But you also don’t want to look too cool for school. Always end the interview by reiterating your interest and reiterate it again in the thank you cards you send immediately following an interview. It’s not a desperate move — it’s smart.



About Spectrum Brands Careers

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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