Don’t make any of these 10 Interview Mistakes

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If you are reading this post you are probably an intelligent, hard-working fashion industry professional. There is also a good chance that you have experienced at least a modicum of success in your career. However, even the best of us can make mistakes. This post is should serve as a reminder (or check-list) of the typical mistakes job seekers make when interviewing.

  1. Punctuality Predicaments
    Arriving late or too early for an interview can set a negative tone. Being late might result in a shortened interview, while arriving too early can disrupt the interviewer’s schedule. Aim to arrive around 10 minutes early to allow for security and check-in processes without causing inconvenience.
  2. Unkempt Impressions
    Appearance matters. Showing up in rumpled, stained, or ill-fitting clothes can convey a lack of preparation and interest. Take the time to carefully select an outfit that reflects professionalism and signals your commitment to the interview.
  3. Resume Mishaps
    Always carry multiple copies of your resume. While the ideal scenario is for the hiring manager to have it ready, being prepared with your copies showcases thoughtfulness and readiness. It also ensures you’re ready for unexpected interviews.
  4. Energy Drain
    Low energy during an interview can be a deal-breaker. Avoid slumped shoulders, lack of eye contact, and slow responses. Display enthusiasm for the company and role to convince the interviewer that you genuinely want the job.
  5. Me-Centric Conversations
    Shift the focus from your personal aspirations to how you can contribute to the company’s goals. Illustrate your traits and skills that align with their needs, emphasizing your potential value to the hiring manager.
  6. Lack of Preparation
    Demonstrate basic knowledge of the role and provide clear examples of past performance. Familiarize yourself with the company and be ready to discuss your background, skills, and why you’re a good fit.
  7. Question Quandaries
    Prepare thoughtful questions for the end of the interview. This not only shows your interest in the job but also provides insight into your thought process. Avoid the pitfall of having no questions, as it may signal disinterest or lack of preparation.
  8. TMI (Too Much Information)
    Steer clear of overly personal questions. While showing genuine interest is commendable, asking about the interviewer’s family or previous job changes might make them uncomfortable. Focus on topics relevant to the job and company.
  9. Follow-Up Faux Pas
    Don’t forget the essential follow-up. Send a thank-you email within 24 hours to express gratitude and reiterate your interest. Failure to do so may lead hiring managers to question your commitment or organizational skills.
  10. Aggressive Pursuit
    While follow-up is crucial, multiple emails or aggressive calls can be off-putting. Strike a balance between showing interest and allowing the hiring process to unfold naturally. A well-timed follow-up email is sufficient.

A successful interview is not just about showcasing your skills; it’s about avoiding common pitfalls that can overshadow your qualifications. By being punctual, well-prepared, and considerate, you can make a positive and lasting impression on your potential employers.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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