The job interview fails that annoy employers the most

Job interview fails
Graeme Coyle, marketing manager at Andrew James – Arriving late
“Lateness is often inexcusable for an interview. If the applicant lives locally, then they should do a dry run of the journey at a similar time of day to avoid getting stuck in traffic or getting lost. Where this isn’t possible, they should plan their journey in advance to make sure they have adequate travel time.

“If there are unavoidable/unforeseen circumstances that lead to being late, then they should make sure they call us and let us know they are going to be late, we can then make necessary adjustments – but in reality, every candidate should try to arrive in plenty of time, so they can relax prior to the interview and not arrive panicked or flustered.”

Kelly Laine, head of recruitment delivery at BPS World – Bad handshake
“One of our biggest interview “bug bears” is a limp handshake. It does not engage the client. If you are not giving a firm handshake, you are missing an opportunity to show you are feeling positive and enthusiastic about the role and the organisation.

“It is imperative when meeting the employer for the first time that there is a firm handshake and eye contact. Eye contact is important for good communication and to build trust.”

Gary Jenkins, director and co-founder at No Brainer – Asking about holiday
“I have a problem with potential applicants asking for information about the number of holiday days a job role offers before they’ve even been interviewed.

“So, you’re coming for an interview and you’re asking us how many days you don’t have to work with us? That is never a good start and they’ve usually lost the job before they’ve even walked through the door.”

Jenny Goulding, director of Agile HR Consulting – Being monosyllabic
“The worst interviews are those that feel like they are hard work for the interviewer, such as asking questions that are met with one word answers and candidates complaining about why their last employer didn’t appreciate them and going into the issues with that they had with their former team. These are all huge negatives for an interviewer.

“It’s important for interviewees to leave any negativity, bitterness and closed minds in the car park. Candidates should enter reception wanting the job. They should really sell their skills and demonstrate their desire to work for the employer. Last but not least, go in there with a smile.”

Lizzie Benton, digital marketing at Datify – Coming empty handed
“I don’t like it when candidates arrive without something to show. I get that not everyone can build a website or write a blog, but I always feel a pang of disappointment when the candidate doesn’t bring anything with them to show us who they are and what they can do.

“We pride ourselves on our creativity, and our founders do regular talks and workshops on this. So it’s disappointing when candidates don’t show-off what they can do. Even if they write poetry, paint with their toes or build matchstick models. Something is always better than nothing.”

Best of the rest from LinkedIn comments:
“I hate it when the candidate has made no preparation to research the company and has no knowledge of what we do.”

“Saying the company’s name wrong, every time. It’s safe to assume that we’re saying it correctly each time we say it.”
“‘So how much does this job pay?’ is the worst question to ask at the end. Instead, ask about the company’s business strategy for growth over the next year years or something similar.”

“Smoker’s breath and strong BO. And saying you’ve done a three-year degree and forgetting to say you didn’t take the exams.”

“‘I’ve spent a few evenings playing with it’ when you say on your CV you’re an expert.”

“Lying or grossly overstating your achievements or claiming responsibility for someone else’s achievement. If you get caught, you are busted and a decent interviewer will catch you out!”

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