(And how to turn them into Yes-Yes!)
We all know to prepare for an interview, to not be late and dress appropriately, but have you considered these interview no-nos?
Please, do NOT…
Take your parents, sibling, aunty, best friend etc to an interview!
Yes we have seen this happen and it does not look good. Do catch up with them after the interview and discuss all the things you should have said.
Wait till the last minute to choose your outfit.
Plan your attire a couple of days beforehand, or even better, take this opportunity to go shopping for something new! Any excuse right? Oh and while we’re at it, we’ve seen candidates come to interviews dressed like it’s a Friday night. It’s better to err on the conservative side: not too much cleavage or visible chest hair, no hooped earrings so large little birds can use them for swings and get that shine back on your shoes.
Ask for the job by saying: “So, can I have the job?”.
Do show your enthusiasm for the job during the interview so that the interviewer knows that you actually want it! Yes, we have interviewed people who were not clear about actually wanting the role and when we later told them they didn’t get it -often because of this lack of enthusiasm – that’s when they showed their disappointment.
Flirt with the interviewer or call them “mate”!
Some people do have a natural aura of cuddliness and friendliness around them, even when they are sitting behind a desk firing behavioural based interview questions at you. That’s still no excuse to call them “mate” during the interview (even when in real life you are mates). Do stay professional and make sure you know the names of your interviewers (including how to pronounce them!). Once you have landed the job, you can get more personal if that’s what the company culture is like.
Don’t have unrealistic salary expectations.
To make sure they are not unrealistic, discuss your salary expectations with your consultant beforehand. This prevents disappointment (no, no retirement at 38) and time wasted for both yourself and others.
Don’t bring your resume and other paperwork as a pile of – you guessed it – paperwork.
When out shopping for a new outfit, grab yourself a nice briefcase or folder. Oh and bring some extra copies of your resume to the interview just in case.
Now, go and have a look at our job opportunities!
Having attended many interviews in front of and behind the interview desk, Marleen has seen some mind-boggling NO-NOs. From her own experience she still regrets the day she asked for a cup of tea to drink during an interview, only to have to scull the boiling hot beverage down after 10 minutes as the interview was finished (she did get that job though).