MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new CareerBuilder survey that found three-quarters of people who applied for jobs last year never heard back from the employer.

So if you get an interview, you want to be sure nothing goes wrong. A writer with Monster.com just wrote a new list of six interview mistakes that are easy to avoid.

One of the top ones is confusing an interview with an interrogation. An interrogation is when one person is doing all the asking, but an interview is a conversation when both people are involved.

Another common mistake is making a so-called weakness seem like a positive. If you’ve ever been asked “What are your weaknesses?” this article says it’s best to talk about a skill you want to get better at rather than saying your weakness is “I’m a perfectionist.”

The third common mistake: Failing to ask questions. Often times asking the employer about the company and the job tells them you’re interested in the company and not wasting your time at the interview. It’s all about making sure you’re the right fight for the position and the company.

The other mistakes: Researching the company, but not yourself. Have a list of your qualifications, experience and skills. It’s vital to bring your resume with you to an interview so the employer has an extra copy if needed.

It’s also a big mistake to leave your cell phone on during an interview as it can be a distraction. Also, waiting for them to call after the interview is a mistake. It can be crucial to email or call the person you interviewed with, thank them for their time and reiterate that you want the position if you’re truly interested in it. A lot of interviewees don’t do that, and it can separate you from other candidates.


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