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Bad Habits That Could Stop You Getting A Job

Job Interview

When looking for a new job there are certain mistakes that you should avoid giving you the best chance at getting an interview and landing the job. We have compiled the most common mistakes jobseekers make and how you can avoid them.

Poor spelling and grammar

When applying for a job the first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will see is a copy of your CV and covering letter. Make sure that you have double checked that your spelling and grammar is correct, as mistakes can be seen as sign of carelessness. If you struggle with writing it is advisable to ask a friend to proofread for you.

Not doing research

Thoroughly research the company you are applying to prior to submitting your interest. You will be asked why you have applied for the role in a telephone and face to face interview, it is therefore a good idea to familiarise yourself with the companies:

  • Service or product offering

  • Mission and values

  • Any recent accreditations, awards and accolades

  • Social media presence

  • Culture

This will help you to form a well-researched and rounded answer when asked why you are applying for the position.

Exaggerating the truth

Be careful not to exaggerate the truth or lie about your skills, qualifications, and experience on your CV, or when you are asked in an interview. You are only setting yourself up to fail when references are checked or if you are offered the job and you cannot perform the tasks expected of you.


Remain professional and polite in interviews and refrain from swearing, as it comes across rude and unprofessional.

Regular absences

A record of regular absences may be off-putting to future employers. Obviously if you have been off due to long-term sickness that is legitimate and will be taken into consideration by the employer.


Arriving late to an interview is a big no no. The hiring manager will view this as a sign of disorganisation and tardiness. If you know you are going to be late due to factors outside of your control, such as heavy traffic to an accident, please call ahead to let the hiring manager know. They should be understanding and allow you to interview later.

Job Hopping

If you regularly change jobs and don’t stay in a position for at least a year, this can be seen as a red flag by employers. Employers will not wish to spend time and money training you up, for you to only stay in the role for a short period of time.

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