Bad Habits to Avoid in an Interview Situation

You’ve finally got that big interview coming up in few days and you’ve been trying to figure what you don’t need to say/do to prepare. And moreover, you cannot anticipate what are the big do’s and don’ts that are on the interviewer’s list.IMG_1108


Worry not, for 10-year recruiting veteran Jenny Foss brings the interviewer’s perspective and has created a list of top five habits that can scrap your chances of nailing the interview:

1)      Arriving super early: Yes, you have to be punctual and arrive on time, but there’s NO need to arrive too early. Showing up insanely early might just backfire by putting immediate pressure on the interviewer to wrap up whatever he/she is doing and start early instead of making you wait. Try and hang out at a nearby coffee shop before your scheduled time.

2)      Robot mechanisms: We all want to be extremely well-prepared for the interview, but make sure you’re not using rehearsed lines and answers for some of the usual questions. You might want to think beforehand about your responses, rather than sounding like a robot just going through the motions. When you’re over prepared, you might have a hard time having a genuine conversation. Interviewers like genuine people who seem to have a flow in the course of their conversation.

3)      TMI zone: Make sure you’re well-dressed suited for the interview. You don’t want to be revealing things that could divert the interviewer’s attention from the main points. Don’t get wooed into believing that the nature of the interview is casual. Of course, be yourself, and be conversational, but you don’t want to cross the line into the TMI zone by sharing too much. “When in doubt, leave it out.”

4)      WIIFM attitude: Interviewers mostly want to know how you can be a valuable asset to their company and what unique skill or quality that you can bring to the table. You want to come across as someone who is willing to take initiatives and put in that extra effort. However, all that could get blown up if you suddenly let out that, “What’s in it for me?” (WIIFM). Make sure to not come across as arrogant or demanding.

5)      Thank you: Quite often, most interviewees forget to thank the interviewer. Make sure that you thank every person on the panel and also with enthusiasm. It is definitely stressful to go through so many rounds of the interview, but it’s important to stay focussed, organized and energized. Also, ensure you send that thank you note after your interview before it all seems like a blur.

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Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!


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