Sales Recruiter Insight Series: The ‘what-not-to-do guide’ to interviews

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Following on from the ‘what-not-to-do’ guide to writing your CV and applying for roles, here are some ‘what-not-to-dos for interviews

Now, be honest, have you done, one, or (and I shudder!) more than one of these things?

What-Not-To-Do Guide To Interviews

Pulled a No Show

This is very hard to come back from, and if you’ve not shown up for an interview, it is almost certain you won’t get another chance. Now sometimes things are out of our hands, and if you can’t make it, a simple phone call could be the difference between getting another interview and missing out

Not prepared for the interview

Another make or break thing. Not preparing shows you don’t care. There are three key things to prepare before an interview. Number one is researching the company. Do you understand what they do? By doing this, it shows your interest and gives you something to talk about, and helps when you’re preparing questions. Number two, knowing your stuff. By this, I really do mean your stuff. Know your CV, and know what the relevant experience you bring to the table. Even better, are examples of when you’ve used it! Number three, mentally prepare. Interviews can be intimidating. Mentally prepare by maybe doing some practice questions, or even plan questions you want to ask in the interview. The more prepared the more confident you’ll come across.

Don’t forget you’re in an interview

It can be easy to get swept up. But remember where you are and what you’re doing. You want to impress. Don’t forget to be a bit self-aware. Think about how you’re coming across. Do you sound arrogant, disinterested?

Don’t turn up in jeans

This one should be obvious, but it happens more than we’d like. If you’re unsure what the dress code is, check in with the recruiter. First impressions count, and if you turn up in something inappropriate for the workplace or type of workplace it can show you’re not interested in the job or haven’t done your research

Don’t talk negatively about your past employers

You may have worked for the devil himself, but talking badly about passed employers can often reflect more negatively on you than them. Blaming your former employer for all your woes is a sign you can’t take responsibility for your actions. Also, if you’re happy to talk badly about your past employers, you’re probably going to be happy to talk badly about your current employers as well- something I’m sure they wouldn’t be keen on.

Not asking questions or asking the wrong ones

It’s a standard way to finish any interview. The interviewer will ask, ‘so, do you have any questions for us?’ This is the time to wow them by asking an insightful question. Not the time to ask them about their opinion on Trump or avocados. It’s also not a good idea to ask about things like salary, holidays and perks. These should be covered at a later date. If you’re struggling to think of any questions- try asking if there was anything about your CV that concerned them. Another good question to ask is what the process is following on from the interview.

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