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Interview things NOT to do!

23/07/2013 by


Interviews can be scary but they needn’t be. Take some time to think about what you shouldn’t do! Below are some of our suggestions! Very simple things, but sometimes people need reminding.

  • Don’t forget to switch your phone off
  • Don’t chew gum
  • Don’t smoke before an interview
  • Don’t turn up late for an interview – if you are running late, make sure you try to let either the company know or your recruitment consultant so as they can contact the client
  • Don’t rely on your CV to sell you, ensure you have read through it
  • Don’t slouch or fidget
  • Don’t forget to find out the dress code for your interview. Increasingly, companies are changing their dress code and a good recruitment consultant will let you know if they require a smart, causal, or business attire from you in the interview.
  • Don’t use poor language such as “like”, “um”, “you know”, “yeah”
  • Don’t speak softly, ensure you project your voice confidently
  • Don’t make negative comments about previous jobs and employers
  • Don’t lie
  • Don’t respond with one word answers, always elaborate as opposed to “yes” and “no”
  • Don’t discuss personal issues or problems in interview
  • Don’t attend without doing your preparation (including research & preparing questions to ask them)
  • Don’t inquire about salary, bonuses, benefits until interviewer(s) lead to this topic or a potential offer
  • Don’t interview for a job unless you are really interested
  • Don’t glorify your past experiences – getting into a job that you are under qualified for is not recommended
  • Don’t make excuses for unfavourable parts of your previous experience
  • Don’t act desperate for a job
  • Don’t ramble or over complicate your answers, pause and think before you answer to ensure you are answering the question
  • Don’t leave the interview not knowing enough information about the job

Have you got any more?! What is the worst faux pas you have ever made?

Written by Vicky Jones, Montash Head of Marketing & Communications

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