Poor personal appearance: Always wear a nice suit (and tie for men), even if people in the office are wearing jeans and flip-flops. It goes a long way.
Leaving things open-ended: You are interviewing for a sales job. Ask for next steps at the end of the interview.
Showing up unprepared: Make sure you have 5-10 thoughtful questions to ask. It demonstrates your interest in the role and company.
Too much "I": Talk about your experience using ‘we’ statements; it shows you are a team player.
Showing up late: The hiring manager will wonder, “If they show up late to the interview are they going to show up late to a customer meeting?” Arrive 10 minutes early.
Speaking poorly of past employers: Even if you had a bad boss or work experience, don’t speak of it. Keep the energy positive.
Lying: The world is a small place. If you lie about something the hiring manager can likely find out by reaching out to past employers or colleagues.
Asking about money: In an initial interview, don’t ask about salary, vacation days, perks and benefits. We [Gogohire] can find out for you.
Acting too relaxed: The interview should be taken seriously. If you are too laid back, the interviewer will question your professionalism.
Rambling: The conversation should be like a free flowing tennis match. Don’t hog the ball and turn the interview into a monologue. Keep your interview answers short and sweet. Answer the question the interviewer is asking and nothing more, unless requested.
Bad eye contact: The easiest way to build trust with someone is by looking them in the eye.
Not turning off your cell phone: Turn off your cell phone and put it away.
No follow up: No matter what, you need to follow up. It’s the easiest way to leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth.
Lack of energy: Sales is a high endurance sport. Come to the interview enthusiastic and passionate.
TMI (Too much information): The interviewer isn’t your therapist. Don’t share your deepest secrets and personal information too early.