I have done tons of interviews, and most of them have been great, but
there’s always those few that make you think, “Did that really just
happen?”. When I think about my absolute worst interview to date, one
in particular comes to mind. Today I’m going to share with you four
things NOT to do in a job interview.
#4: Don’t Be Overconfident.
When Recruiters ask about your skills and strengths, they are not
looking to hear about every little thing that you do well; stick to
the skills and strengths that will make you the best for the position.
Saying you do everything exceptionally well and you have no weaknesses
doesn’t sit well with very many people. Often times, people who are
overconfident make frequent mistakes and are unreceptive to feedback.
Those who seek clarification and ask for feedback make for admirable
#3: Don’t Overshare.
The sole purpose of an interview is to determine whether or not you
would be a suitable candidate for the position. The interviewer does
not want to hear your entire life story. I always ask my candidates,
“What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishments so far?”.
I hope to receive answers about their education, career, children or
marriage. “I left my husband three months ago and I’m pretty proud of
that” is just a little too much for a first time meeting.
#2: Don’t Be Late.
When your interview is scheduled for 9:00, don’t show up at 9:05.
Everyone knows it’s common courtesy to be 10-15 minutes early to just
about anything. And if you are late, do not make up an excuse for as
to why you are late; simply apologize. “There was an accident on my
way here and I was the First Responder so I couldn’t leave” is the
best I’ve heard to date.
#1: Don’t Be Arrogant.
For me, being overconfident, oversharing, and being late are things
that I can get over. An arrogant candidate, though, is impossible for
me to forget. Choose your words wisely. Take a moment to think before
answering the questions. “I’m a man, so I’m able to do the lifts and
transfers that most women can’t do. I’ve been offered jobs in the past
simply because of it” is the answer that’s brought me to this point.
When you’re being interviewed by a woman and there are four other
women in the room who can hear the discussion, do not demean the
gender. It doesn’t make for a good first impression.