By Dani Davies
1. Not asking questions
It's common to think interviews are a one way street - but think of them more as a discussion. Asking questions makes you look like you care about the company and are passionate about the role. If you can, ask questions throughout the interview without having to wait until the end and be asked.
2. Making it all about you
It's important to let companies know that you're a team player and that you're interested in how you can help the company rather than just yourself. Saying things like "I believe I'm the right person to move this company forward", instead of "this job is a great fit for me" makes you sound like you're genuinely passionate about working for the business instead of trying to help yourself.
3. Not doing your research
If you don't know anything about the company you're interviewing at, they'll notice. This point feeds in well with the one I made about asking questions. Refer back to a news story you read about them, or a blog post you saw on their website. It'll look good if you know your stuff and you'll be able to discuss the values of the company with the interviewee, which they'll really enjoy.
4. Talking badly about your previous company
If the interviewee asks why you left (or want to leave) your previous company, keep it short and sweet. Be civil and mature when talking about them, otherwise it'll look unprofessional. Most importantly, it could also make you look untrustworthy - how do they know you won't start bitching about them if they hired you?
5. Not showing passion
If you show passion and genuine interest in the role, an interview can actually be an enjoyable experience for both parties. Most teams in businesses are fueled by passion, so if you look unmotivated then you're not going to receive an offer. Be energetic and listen intently when being spoken to about the role and if you can, refer back to previous experience and speak about it with high spirit. Not only will that make you memorable, but it'll most likely get you offered a second interview.