Watch for these problem areas and increase the likelihood of a call-back:
- Showing up late - Arriving late for an interview says right off the bat that the interviewee doesn't respect the employer's time and doesn't care enough about the job to arrive on time. Be there at least ten minutes prior to the interview and wait for the interviewer.
- Inappropriate dress - Being under-dresses or dressed as if you're going clubbing doesn't work for the interview. Wear a suit, and not one two sizes too small that you wore to a high-school dance.
- Incessant babbling - It's OK for an interviewee to be excited, but don't become a babbling fool and make it difficult for the interviewer to get questions in. Listen attentively, be thoughtful in your responses, and respond to questions succinctly.
- Over-focus on compensation - Yes, the interviewee is not going to be expected to work for free. Showing a pre-occupation with compensation in the first interview can lead an interviewer to believe that all the interviewee cares about is money. Get the interviewer to fall in love with you first before discussing compensation in depth.