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Are you making these common mistakes during job interviews?

Written by Community Contributor Nicole Murphy, Lead Ninja, Recruiting Ninjas

In our last career post, we shared tips on how to answer interview questions using the STAR method, a structured approach often used in job interviews to help you effectively communicate and showcase your skills and experiences.

This month, Nicole Murphy, the Lead Ninja for Recruiting Ninjas shares some common mistakes that you should avoid during job interviews.

Mistake No. 1: Not answering the question

This is a common mistake that can cost you the job. Make sure to listen carefully to the question and answer it directly.

Mistake No. 2: Not being prepared

Being unprepared for an interview can leave a bad impression on the interviewer. Research the company and practice answering common interview questions.

Mistake No. 3: Being too prepared

Yes, it can be a thing! You don't want to sound rehearsed. Practice your answers but don't memorize them.

Mistake No. 4: Telling a story that is anything but a success

It's okay to talk about a time you failed or made a mistake. But make sure to talk about what you learned from it.

Mistake No. 5: Giving an answer that has nothing to do with the question asked

This can show that you are not paying attention. Make sure to listen carefully to the question and answer it directly.

Avoid these mistakes and ace your next interview!

For more job tips from Recruiting Ninjas, read Interview tips to help you land your dream job and "Job tips from an expert."


Nicole Murphy, the lead Ninja from Recruiting Ninjas, has been in the recruiting industry for eight years!

She loves providing great experiences to candidates and hiring teams. She's been a recruiter for technical positions (like software, DevOps, and test engineers) for most of her career. The best thing about her job: Extending an offer that changes someone’s life!


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