What NOT to do on the day of the interview

What NOT to do on the day of the interview

  • Don’t be late. Arrive 10-15 minutes before the interview.
  • Don’t let your mobile ring during the interview. If by chance, you forget to switch it off and it rings, apologise quickly and ignore it.  Don’t answer a call or look at text messages at any time during the interview.
  • Don’t chew gum or smell like smoke. Having a crafty cigarette before the interview is a definite no, no.  The stench from a cigarette will stay on your clothes, hair and breath despite your every effort to conceal it.
  • Don’t wear brightly coloured shirts, ties or socks. Baseball caps, hats and hoodies are to be avoided at all costs.  Avoid wearing inappropriate or excess amounts of jewellery-less is definitely more.  Personal hygiene is essential but avoid wearing over powering deodorants, perfumes or aftershaves.  You want to impress the interviewer not give them a headache.
  • Don’t treat the interview casually as if it’s something do every day. Although, it’s not a life and death situation, you still need to conduct yourself in a serious and professional manner.
  • Don’t let your nerves show too much. I know it’s easier said than done but too many nerves can often affect your performance.  Drink lots of fluids and take regular breaths.
  • Don’t let your eyes wonder. Good eye contact is vital in showing the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in what they are saying.  Looking at the floor or glaring at the ceiling shows disinterest and insincerity.  If you have more than one person interviewing you, keep your focus on the person asking the questions whilst occasionally glancing at the other.
  • Don’t be arrogant and assume that you’ve got the job before the interview has ended. Interviewers can’t stand people who are cocky, over confident and disrespectful.
  • Don’t lie or falsify answers to questions. Employers aren’t gullible; they’re experienced professionals who can spot a phony from a mile.  If they find out that you have been dishonest or misled them in any way, they can dismiss you without an explanation.
  • Don’t talk to fast even though it’s difficult when you are nervous. An interview is a marathon not a sprint.  Take your time but keep your answers concise.  If you don’t understand a question, ask the interviewer politely to repeat it.
  • Don’t swear or use slang words. Ask yourself this, would you employ someone who calls you a ‘dude’ or a ‘lass’.  The answer is simple ‘no’.  Be careful what terminology you use during the interview.
  • Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or colleagues. Always be respectful and positive when you discuss previous employers regardless of your experiences.
  • Don’t discuss anything controversial such as religion, politics or anything related to gender. If you do I can assure you, you will end up digging a hole so deep, that you might struggle to get out of.
  • Don’t read from notes or CV’s unless it’s absolutely necessary. Only look at your notes or CV as a guidance tool to help you answer a difficult question.   As long as you don’t spend half the interview reading from your CV, you should be fine.
  • Don’t give the employer the impression that you are only interested in the job because of its location and salary. Only discuss salary requirements if the subject is brought up by the employer.

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