Oops, Interview Faux Pas

Oops, Interview Faux Pas

Interview Faux Pas

Classic interview faux pas

The interview is of course the main piece of evidence a company uses when deciding whether to offer you a role. You have only one chance to make a positive impression. In this article, we look at common interview mistakes and gaffes – ensure you don’t ruin your chances by doing any of these!

Being late. Make sure you know exactly where the interview location is. Work out which modes of transport you are going to use to get there, and then consider how long you would expect the journey to take. Once you have done this, allow extra time for any delays. If you are concerned about finding the office, consider taking a taxi for at least the final stage of your journey.

Not knowing who to ask for. Check your interview invitation for the name of the person you are to ask for on arrival. If this information hasn’t been provided, ask the company/your recruitment consultant, as applicable. You won’t make a positive impression if you just say ‘I’m here for interview’ and the receptionist then has to ring round to find out who you are meeting with.

Not dressing correctly. The general rule here is to wear formal business dress unless you have specifically been told that it isn’t required. You should do this even if you are aware that the company operates a less strict dress code.

Having a weak handshake. If you can, practise a strong, confident handshake with your nearest and dearest before you attend any interviews.

Your phone rings or beeps during the interview. Try very hard to remember to turn off all phones and other devices that make a noise before you enter the interview room.

Not doing your research. Ensure you know what the role entails before you attend an interview, and also research the company as fully as you can, so you can demonstrate that you are aware of what the company does.

Criticising current or past employers. It may well be the case that you are seeking a new role because you don’t like your current employer. However, criticising them during an interview could lead the interviewer to conclude that you may be difficult to work with.

Spilling your drink. This may sound unlikely, but in his book The Perfect Interview, Max Eggert claims that 1 in 20 candidates spill some of their drink on the desk during an interview, and 1 in 150 knock over the cup completely. If you’re prone to interview nerves, consider declining any offer for a cup of tea/coffee/water, and instead ensure you are properly hydrated before you arrive.

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