Over the years, I must have been in hundreds of interview situations both as a candidate and as an employer. Here are my top 7 “real-life examples” of what NOT to do in an interview – and #1 must-do tip to get the job.
Problem: The candidate looked like they didn’t want to be there.
Solution: The interview sped up to the rejection-stage, so they didn’t have to be.
Problem: The candidate did not appear committed to (or even interested in) the role.
Solution: Help them get back to their house asap – at least it was close!
Problem: Instant question marks around whether the person could be line-managed or work in a team.
Solution: Let them fly solo – out the door.
Problem: Candidate doesn’t seem to understand work-based behaviours.
Solution: Reject and give feedback on matching attire to the type of company / role.
Problem: Openly stating that this job is a “runner up prize” doesn’t convey passion for this company.
Solution: Don’t offer the candidate the job, so they are not having to choose.
Problem: Unreasonable negotiations just conveys the role is the “wrong fit” for you.
Solution: The company disregards you as a serious candidate and finds the “right fit”.
“No, I don’t like kids!” said the candidate – applying to work in a school!?
So, these are some things to avoid if you don’t want to be rejected before you hit question 3.
But what is the #1 important thing you should do at a job interview?
Convince the company that you have the skills and desire to work there…
RESEARCH ahead of time – know what the company ethos is, what it strives to achieve and how you can contribute to their vision.
Then in a friendly and professional manner, sell yourself by just being YOU.
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