As recruiters, we hear so many good (and not so good) interview stories from candidates, clients, family, friends, and even Pam who lives around the corner. With that in mind, what are the worst things you could do at a job interview?
1. Don’t be late
There are no circumstances in which turning up late to an interview is acceptable. It looks lazy, unprofessional and will almost definitely cost you a job offer. After all, they say you only get one chance to make a first impression: don’t blow it by being late!
2. Don’t be arrogant
There’s a fine line between being confident and being arrogant. It’s good to talk about your previous achievements and abilities, but don’t take over the interview and talk down to your interviewer. It’s a sure-fire way to not get the job, and maybe even be escorted off the premises if the interviewer is offended enough!
3. Don’t personally attack previous employers
Complaining about current or previous bosses is by far one of the worst things you can do in an interview. This gives potential employers the wrong impression of you and will make them question what you would say about them in the same circumstance.
Another danger is that your interviewer might actually know your current/previous employer and make them aware of your bad mouthing - this could harm your chances of a good reference in the future and make for some embarrassing encounters.
4. Don’t lie
A white lie here and there is forgivable in the right circumstances, but is a definite no-go in an interview situation. It’s easy to forget what you are saying, and when you begin to stumble, your body language will almost definitely give your deceit away!
5. Don’t forget to listen
You may be enthusiastic about the job role, but be careful not to interrupt your interviewer at any point. Sit patiently and listen to what they have to say. The last thing you want to do is interrupt an important question with a nonsensical answer!
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Posted on Wednesday Aug 15