October brings on all of our favorite fall things, like gorgeous foliage, PSL sippin鈥, and creative Halloween costumes. Plus, it鈥檚 the perfect time to prep for the upcoming holiday season! Turns out, job seekers also see October as an ideal time to get their ducks in a row; a recent study from LinkedIn shows that its the most popular month to find a new role. We caught up with Blair Decembrele, a LinkedIn career expert, to break down the top three mistakes people make in interviews, plus how to avoid 鈥檈m.

3 mistakes to聽avoid making

1. You didn鈥檛 dress to impress. According to Decembrele, first impressions truly matter. 鈥淵our interviewer will look at how you present yourself as soon as you walk in the room; in fact, nearly half of interviewers have eliminated a candidate because of unprofessional attire,鈥 she explains. Since 鈥渄ressing to impress鈥 doesn鈥檛 necessarily mean you need a nice suit, reach out to someone in your network or social circle to ask what the dress code is before you go to interview 鈥 be it more casual clothes or a step up from your current work style. 鈥淚f you can鈥檛 get the inside scoop, trust your gut and go for simple, polished, and comfortable,鈥 Decembrele advises.鈥漊nless you鈥檙e interviewing for a corporate job, a full suit may be unnecessary. If you鈥檙e questioning the length of your skirt, chances are it鈥檚 better to leave it in your closet!鈥 She tells us to stay away from anything too flashy or trendy so the person interviewing you can focus on what you鈥檙e saying, not what you鈥檙e wearing.

2. You forgot to scrap the screen time. 鈥淥ne of the biggest mistakes is in the palm of your hand,鈥 Decembrele says. 鈥淎ccording to the new LinkedIn study, more than one third of interviewers cut a candidate for looking at their phone during the interview!鈥 She says to remember that your interview is the single opportunity you have to be fully present 鈥 don鈥檛 waste it looking at a notification or text that can wait until later. 鈥淢ake sure your interviewer knows the interview is your top priority and can see that you aren鈥檛 distracted,鈥 she says. 鈥淏efore heading into the interview, shut off your phone (rather than just switching to silent) and place it in your bag so it is out of sight and out of mind.鈥

3. You weren鈥檛 totally honest. Honesty really is the best policy. According to the LinkedIn study, more than half of US interviewers have turned down a candidate for lying about their previous work 鈥 yikes! Decembrele chimes in, 鈥淲hile it may be tempting to stretch the truth in order to impress, a job interview definitely isn鈥檛 the time to test out your acting skills.鈥 She says to ditch the temptation to be dishonest by mastering the humble brag. 鈥淪hare your accomplishments in a way that conveys highlights from your past experiences 鈥 what you鈥檝e contributed, the result of your work, and the value and impact you鈥檝e made.鈥

3 Ways to Impress

Decembrele tells us that doing these three things can help you get your foot in the door and, once you鈥檙e at an interview, totally shine.

1. Network your way in. 鈥淣ever underestimate the value of a professional relationship,鈥 Decembrele reminds us. 鈥淥ne in five (21 percent) hiring managers say personal recommendations are a top factor in evaluating potential candidates.鈥

2. Convey confidence. 鈥淢ore than a quarter (26 percent) of US interviewers prioritize the right body language in a candidate more than a degree from a top school (19 percent),鈥 Decembrele tells us.

3. Speak to shared values. 鈥淣early one third (31 percent) of US interviewers agree that finding a candidate who has similar values to the company is a top factor,鈥 Decembrele notes. 鈥淭his is even more powerful than having strong knowledge of the company (18 percent).鈥

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