Lack of Company Knowledge Biggest Interview Mistake

June 21, 2011 ( - Nearly four in 10 (38%) managers polled said knowing little or nothing about the company is the most common mistake job seekers make during interviews.

According to an Accountemps press release, its survey found senior managers also cited the following common interview mistakes: 

  • Unprepared to discuss skills and experience – 20%; 
  • Unprepared to discuss career plans, goals – 14%; 
  • Lack of eye contact – 10%; 
  • Late arrival – 9%; and 
  • Limited enthusiasm – 9%. 


“Knowing about an organization’s services, history, goals and business challenges when you walk into an interview shows initiative and will allow you to make a stronger case for how you can contribute to the firm’s success,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, in the announcement.  

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.