Friday, October 23, 2009

12 Ways to Fail a Job Interview

5. Assume that the Interviewers Won’t Talk to Each Other.

As often happens during a day of interviews we’ll have 5 people arranged throughout the day with some focus areas that they are going to interview on, invariably we’ll overlap and ask similar questions. As the day goes on each interviewer documents what they talked about and how the interview candidate responded. It becomes readily apparent when a question is a duplicate and the candidate has got what he thinks is the “right answer” from the previous interviewer and takes that answer as their own. Once again act with integrity.

6. Share Confidential Information from Your Current Employer.

Nothing says “stay away” faster than a candidate who carries with them some proprietary information they have worked on with their current employer. Not only does it put the interviewer in an uncomfortable position it’s a legal problem as well. This guy brought it out to show every person he met that day and once again they all commented on it. Demonstrate projects you’ve worked on just shy of revealing any proprietary data.

7. When Asked Where You Will be in 2 Years Talk About Retirement.

This candidate happens to be a good friend of mine today but he made it all the way through his full day of interviews, got to the As Appropriate and when asked where he saw himself in 2 years he stated “Early Retirement.” Okay sure, I too wouldn’t mind retiring early. Keep that one to yourselves. He didn’t get the job but ended up working with us as a contractor and eventually was hired as a full time employee and we still laugh about this today. Safe to say he’s not retired.

8. Don’t Bother Learning About the Job.

Again this seems like common sense to me but many times I’ve encountered the same thing. The candidate applied for several jobs that were open at the company but didn’t bother to find out which one they were interviewing for that day or any of the qualifications. This often resulted in the candidate not even making it through the standard interview day.

9. Don’t Bother Learning About the Company.

This echo’s #8 in the common sense department. If you do anything check out the company’s website the should have some information as to company culture or their core beliefs. Hit a search engine and do some legwork. If you can’t be bothered to do this simple thing to get a job, the interviewer will assume you are not a self-starter, buzzword for someone who will not need to be micro managed.

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