After spending a great deal of time getting your CV right and making the effort to write a compelling cover letter to go with it, the last thing you want is to mess up the job interview itself. But unfortunately, even the most competent and confident candidates can suffer from nerves, get flustered, and say or do the wrong thing. Job interviews are of course useful in their own right but we all naturally perform differently during them and they never tell the whole story of a job candidates own actual ability on the job!
So, bearing all of this in mind, B&K Recruitment has come up with 15 things you should most definitely not do at an interview, which with any luck, will help you secure that perfect new position.
Failing to prepare
Always conduct research about the company’s culture, its core values and mission statement prior to your interview. Go in forewarned as you will be for-armed that way!
Turning up late
Always anticipate for unexpected delays, as turning up late creates the impression that you won’t even be able to arrive on time for work. Arriving slightly early gives you a moment to de-stress first too!
Dressing too casually
It is always best to overdress for an interview, as this shows you understand the significance and seriousness of the position. Also remember that first impressions are crucial. Wash and Iron the clothes that you will be wearing!
Poor body language
Avoid looking at the floor and don’t slump in your chair, as this kind of body language will not endear you to any employer. Calm down and relax!
Leaving your mobile phone on
If you happen to get a text message or phone call during an interview, this could indicate that you don’t really care about the job. Turn your mobile to silent.
Lying about your credentials
This goes for your CV too, as it won’t take long for an employer to find out the truth. What’s more, this could seriously damage your reputation for the future too. Be honest and truthful.
Not asking questions
Interviews aren’t a one-way street; you should use this opportunity to discover more about the company and demonstrate an active interest in the job being offered. If you do not ask anything at all then that will not go down too well!
Speaking negatively about your current employer
If you happen to be asked about your current employer, don’t complain or criticise them. This won’t reflect well on you or your attitude towards work.
Mumbling and murmuring when answering questions
There is nothing wrong with taking a second to think about your response when asked a difficult question. This is far better than mumbling and murmuring something that has no relevance to the interviewer’s query.
Swearing and cursing
Foul and inappropriate language is unacceptable in most workplaces, which means it should be completely avoided during a job interview. Leave your bad manners at home!
Getting too familiar
Regardless of the organisation or job on offer, the interview process should be considered a formal one. So, don’t behave in an overly familiar or flirty manner, resist any temptation to touch your interviewer, no matter how keen you are on the job on offer.
Looking at your watch
While some interviews will feel like a lengthy interrogation, looking at your watch could be perceived as an indication that you are bored and want to escape from the job interview questions.
Sitting down straight away
You should always wait until you are asked to sit down. It might seem old-fashioned, but this is just common courtesy and shows respect to the interviewer too.
Forgetting to bring your CV and references
Just in case the interviewer doesn’t have your CV in front of them, bring along additional copies as well as any references. Remember not to read it yourself during the interview as that will make it look as if you have forgotten your own work history and other important details.
Not following up
After the interview is over, remember to follow up with an email that reiterates your interest in the position, as this may well convince the employer to hire you.
There you are then, our list of fifteen things that you should not do at an interview for a job role. Contact the team at B&K Recruitment for more great job interview advice!