Job applicants inevitably commit some faux pas during the interview which unfortunately keep them from getting to the next level. There are a few faux pas which every HR Manager wished you knew about and would avoid, it will make their job easier and you more successful in the interview process.
Stick to the topic.
During an interview is not the time to bring up your personal issues such as divorce, financial problems or your personal opinion of American Idol. It is true that interviewers are trying to get to know you but self-disclosing your life history may do more harm than good. The appropriate thing is to simply stick to the topic and answer the questions to highlight your value to the company.
Dress to Impress.
Your appearance says a lot about you even before you utter a statement so ensure you are appropriately dressed in professional attire for the interview. The best suite can be ruined by revealing too much cleavage, having gaudy, long painted fingernails, unkempt hair and too many accessories. One well placed accessory shows polish which is what should be conveyed with your business attire. Not to mention, the suite itself can look old and outdated or to tight and not properly fitting. Think about what you are wearing and what it says about you. Take a few moments to inspect your appearance in the mirror front and back to ensure you are not missing anything.
Avoid the cologne/perfume.
Your personal preference for cologne/perfume is not something that should take center stage during an interview. Be sensitive to the interviewer and avoid cologne/perfume, by doing so you are ensuring you do not get the short interview because the interviewer can not breathe thanks to the three feet surround of your favorite scent.
Do not come across as desperate.
Yes, the HR Manager will realize you have been out of work for over a year but you do not have to be overly exuberant in the interview. The best strategy is to focus on what you have accomplished during your time off such as learning new skills or focusing on a hobby. The interview is not the place to share that you have been sending out hundreds of resumes and you are so glad you finally got an interview.
There may be silence during the interview either when the interviewer is preparing the next question or simply pausing, do not feel like you need to fill the silence with some anecdote, simply relax and breathe you will be better prepared for the next question.
Be prepared to ask questions.
The final questions is mostly likely, "Do you have any questions?" Be prepared to ask informed questions about the company and the position. This demonstrates that you have done your research and understand the business. Demonstrating knowledge about the company and the position can reinforce an already great interview and push you to the next level.
By avoiding these faux pas you have a better chance of success during your job interview.