10 most common candidate mistakes revealed

Employers use job interviews to gauge the suitability of candidates. However, there are some mistakes that employers are getting tired of seeing, according to a new report.

Barclays Lifeskills has surveyed 500 interviewers. The results revealed the ten most common mistakes candidates make during a job interview.

Candidates failing to do their research was the most common mistake, with 51% of the employers saying it was a recurring issue.

Showing off or failing to ask questions came in at a shared second place on the list. 31% of the employers said those two mistakes were common.

“No matter how old or experienced you are, it’s invaluable to know how to properly prepare for and behave in interviews,” Kirstie Mackey, Head of Lifeskills, told the Independent.

You can check out the full list below. Please tell us what you think in the comments.

These are the ten most common mistakes, according to the surveyed employers.

  1. Failing to do their research (51%)
  2. Showing off (31%)
  3. Asking no questions (31%)
  4. Not acting engaged with the interviewer (30%)
  5. Making up answers (30%)
  6. Lying about achievements (29%)
  7. Not dressing appropriately (26%)
  8. Rambling on (24%)
  9. Can’t explain what they will bring to the role (23%)
  10. Moaning about their employer (19%)
Comments (1)
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 1:24pm GMT
Claire Petch
I think we all assume that candidates know the main do's and don'ts for interviews but somehow we are never surprised by seeing figures likes these!
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