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Suzy Welch: The 5 biggest interview killers to make sure you avoid

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How you perform in an interview can make or break your chances of getting hired. But it’s not just how you answer the questions — your language, attitude and the way you carry yourself are also under scrutiny.

Professional networking site LinkedIn recently conducted a survey that asked hiring managers, “What actions, traits or behaviors would make you disqualify a candidate?”

Using results from the survey, bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch breaks down the five interview killers that can instantly hurt your chances of landing the job:

Bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch.

Bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch.

1. Inappropriate attire

How you dress is the first thing hiring managers notice before you even open your mouth to answer a question. For this reason, 60 percent of those surveyed say they would disqualify a candidate who is not dressed properly.

“Look, these days, it’s perfectly OK to show up in jeans and a t-shirt if, and only if, you’re interviewing for a tech company with three employees who think hoodies are formalwear,” Welch tells CNBC Make It.

Outside of that, she says candidates should be very careful to make sure their attire fits the company they are interviewing for.

“Your interview outfit is a signal that you’re aware of the company’s culture and — just as important — that you understand the power dynamic of the hiring situation,” adds Welch. “They are the buyer. You are the seller.”

When in doubt, she says it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

2. Being late

According to Welch, being late to an interview is an immediate red flag that says to hiring managers, “I’m a screw-up.”

“My rule of thumb is make sure you’re saying hello to the receptionist 10 minutes before your set meeting time,” she says.

If your interview is in an unfamiliar part of town, it may not hurt to also do a drive-by the day before to make sure you understand the parking situation and the route you need to take. Unexpected delays such as tough parking and confusing turns can easily throw off your planned arrival time.

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