This Is the Worst Thing You Can Do in a Job Interview

It's a tricky task
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Trying to get a job is a competitive task, and though they can be nerve-wracking, it's very important to give yourself the upper hand by being as impressive as possible in your interview.

Simply Hired have done some new research into what the worst things people can do in an interview is, to give you an idea of what to avoid doing if you're hoping to land the role.

They spoke to 850 hiring managers, and 93% of those who took part in the survey said that arriving late was the biggest sign that someone wasn't suitable for a job.

William Vanderbloeman, CEO and founder of his own search group, explained to Moneyish that being late was a big no-no because, "At its root, an [interview] appointment is a contract between you and me.

"And if you cannot keep this very first contract we have, especially when you’re trying to impress me, tells me that you’ll likely not be able to deliver on any other contract I entrust you with if you were on my team."

The rest of the data revealed the top 10 worst things that someone can do when trying to land a new job:

1| Arriving to an interview late (93%)
2| Whining (92%)
3| Showing lack of preparation (89%)
4| Criticising a former boss (88%)
5| Criticising a former company (87%)
6| Making grammar or spelling mistakes in a covering letter (86%)
7| Using poor grammar in an interview (84%)
8| Having unrealistic compensation requirements (84%)
9| Being under-qualified (80%)
10| Answering questions incorrectly (77%)

While some of these are a given (being under-qualified and showing lack of preparation), it's interesting that 88% of hiring managers think criticizing the company you're hoping to leave and your former boss is a deal breaker.


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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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