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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Top 10 Worst Things to do at an Interview

by Mark Thomas
Social Media & Marketing Exec
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Our speciality is finding the job that’s a good match for the right person and the right employer. In order to do this we are always on hand to offer any advice which will help secure the position. Here are the Top 10 pointers that the PCR Digital consultants strongly advise against doing, hopefully these will give you some important information as well as going over the basics. If you have a job interview coming up then good luck!

So, in no particular order, always avoid:

1. Yawning

This is an obvious but an important one to start with: you don’t want to seem uninterested by either the interviewer or worse, the job itself!
 

2. Being Late              

Although this is bad, it can be helped with an apology- an absence of one will only make the interviewer assume you don’t think enough of them or job and it could make you look conceited or absent minded. Always be polite and apologise to help to rectify the situation.
 

3. Swearing

Remember you are in a professional situation and the interviewer will always recall bad experiences over the good ones.  It’s basic but conducting yourself in the correct manner can be the thing standing between you and your new job.
 

4. Being Unenthusiastic

You need to be clear about why you love the area you work in or will be in. Answering the question “why did you get into your field of work?”  with the answer “I don’t know” reflects badly on your passion. Don’t be scared to explain why you love what you do. Have a good couple of answers at the ready so you don’t panic when they ask.
 

5. Bad Answers

If you are asked “where do you want to be in 3 years’ time?" do not answer “doing your job". Surprisingly, it is not what the interviewer wants to hear. Although you might think it demonstrates confidence it just comes across as arrogant. Instead, answer with S.M.A.R.T (specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals that don’t include taking your potential manager’s job!
 

6. Being Inappropriately Dressed

You are interviewing for a new job, you need to look the part. Avoid wearing white or ‘hilarious’ (e.g. Bart Simpson) socks and ensure your shoes are shined.  Not wearing a tie could also give the wrong impression, but it does depend on the company or position, so make sure you research the dress code or workplace ethos beforehand.
 

7. Smelling of Alcohol or Smoke

This is an obvious one but if you smoke, make sure you have had some chewing gum before you go into an interview. Even if you are stressed not everyone will enjoy interviewing you if you smell of cigarettes.
 

8. Being Underprepared

The golden rule of interviewing is to ensure you know the company and job role thoroughly. Not doing your homework is the most unforgivable faux pas. Use the company’s website, Linkedin and Glassdoor to help you prepare for your interview. Lack of preparation shows you are not serious or even that keen on the job.
 

9. Not Making Eye Contact

By not making eye contact the interviewer with either think you are incredibly nervous or not very good with people- neither are good first impressions. Prove that you are confident and feel comfortable at the interview by maintaining a good level of eye contact.
 

10. Repeating Phrases

We are certainly not saying you need to be the Stephen Fry of the language world but repeating words or phrases (e.g. ‘kind of’ or ‘in a nutshell’) can be tedious for the interviewer. Practise your answers beforehand and get constructive criticism to help develop the content as well as the execution.
 

For even more advice on interview tips, visit our website's advice page. Tell us about the worse experience you've had or a piece of advice we have missed out on in the comments below!

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