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5.5 Things NOT To Do At An Interview

17-July-2017 10:05
in General
by Stellamar

As a big part of the recruitment process, preparing candidates for an interview is often bespoke, however there are a few things that apply to everyone which we’d like to share. Specialising in Maritime recruitment and recruitment for the Finacial Services industry, here are a few tips of behaviours to avoid at interviews;

1. Don't Blow The Interview Before It Happens

At any decent company, your employment will be based on your skills, your experience and how you demonstrate that you can fit in with the company. That said, the moment you walk through the door you make your first impression. That means, through the door of the building – your interactions and the impressions you make on everybody there can affect your chances of securing the position. Be nice, look smart and be confident.


 2. Don’t Rock Up Unprepared!

It is immediately evident which candidates have prepared for an interview and who hasn’t. Knowing who is interviewing you, knowledge about the company as well as the job role specifics is key. Research your interviewer on LinkedIn, check out the company website and look at the “mission statement” so as you can demonstrate that you understand not only the current requirements but some thoughts on the company vision. This will make all the difference to an interviewer. 


3. Try to Decide The Direction

Confidence is key and while leadership is a great attribute, trying to lead the interview can put decision makers on the backfoot. It can come across as difficult to manage or that you are somewhat of a renegade. Show respect for your interview roles.


4. Be Arrogant

I’m struggling to think of when arrogance is a strength?! There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. The idea of an interview is to sell yourself, granted, but there’s a fine line between showing you’re the best choice and being aggressively unattractive. You will be able to cope with the job pressures and you can demonstrate this through examples without sneering that you are the smartest, most experienced human they have ever met and in your opinion a chimp could do the job.


5. Deflect Questions

If you’re asked to demonstrate a time when you have prioritised workload and you answer with the fact that you are a trained first aid individual and you were responsible for the stationary inventory, it demonstrates a lack of understanding. If you struggle to answer a question with an example, say something like, “although I don’t have a specific example I would…etc.”

      5.5 Skype

Oh, the stories we have! In today’s world, it is not unusual to have your interview conducted over Skype or a similar platform. Some candidates struggle with understanding that ALL the same rules apply to a Skype interview as they to an interview in person with a set of added rules:

  • Don’t wear a suit on top with just your underpants (yes this happens more than you’d think)
  • Check what’s in the background!!!
  • Make sure you have a good connection, nobody wants a techno version of your answers!
  • Make sure that you have peace and quiet and an argument with your mum doesn’t erupt halfway through


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