Answered by Jacqueline, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Great question! As a Recruiter I frequently see candidates saying or doing things in interviews that can be off putting. First and foremost, you never want to be unprepared. Too often people are unfamiliar with the company where they are interviewing, the responsibilities of the job for which they are interviewing, or they are not prepared to speak about their experiences and skills.
Secondly, it is usually best to avoid speaking negatively of current/past employers or bosses. It can come off as unprofessional and, depending upon the circumstances, it might be viewed as a red flag to the interviewer.
Next, it is important to be aware of your body language. Avoid overly-casual body language and posture as it might be viewed as lack of interest or overconfidence. Instead, be attentive to your interviewer(s) and make sure your body language reflects that attentiveness.
Your communication skills are important as well. You want to be professional by avoiding cussing, slang, and acronyms, which may not translate well outside of your role. While you may be nervous, it’s best to avoid using frequent filler phrases such as “um” or “you know” as they can be distracting from the message you are trying to convey.
An interview is your time to shine, so don’t let these faux pas prevent you from doing so!