The top ten job interview mistakes to avoid at all costs

OK so it’s confession time. I once turned up to a job interview in Putney. Only the job – and of more immediate relevance the interview – was in Chiswick. For our international readers, that’s the right city but not necessarily the right side of the River Thames. So I’m in no position to point any fingers. But I’m not going to let that stop me so here’s our list of ten interview pitfalls – and how you can avoid them:- 10 Don’t be late As an employer in a previous job, one of our team was once so impressed with one candidate’s CV – and so short of decent options – that before the interview had started he had almost decided to offer her the job. Almost. That was until she turned up five minutes late, by which time our man had made his mind up – and this time not in her favour. If you can’t be relied upon for your job interview, when can you be relied upon? Plan your routes, check public transport is working, give yourself a one-hour cushion to allow for transport blunders, make sure you identify where you need to be nice and early and walk in 15 minutes before it starts. It shows you mean business. Which you do. Literally. 9 Dress to impress Etiquette has changed over the years regarding what is considered an acceptable dress code at a job interview – and much will depend on the company itself. If it’s a relaxed or creative firm, for example, you might be able to dress in less of a stuffy...