Top interview technique mistakes you need to avoid

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Good interview technique is critical in a market where an employer has a lot of choice. You can put yourself ahead of the competition by avoiding simple errors that your competitors might make. Here are some of the biggest ‘don’t’s’ we’ve encountered so far.

First impressions

• Limp handshake – first impressions are critical so a good firm handshake whilst maintaining eye contact is a must.

• Scruffy presentation – unless there is a very good reason, you should be well-presented at interview, wearing either a suit or a corporate dress. It creates the right impression.

In interview

• Bad eye contact – an employer wants to see that you are engaged in the interview and have a certain level of confidence.

• Waffle! Answer questions directly and use examples – an employer is asking you specific questions that they want an answer to so don’t answer a question with something completely left field. Where appropriate, back your answers up with examples. Quite often, clients will talk about how you coped with certain scenarios. They are looking for you to give an example so that they can be reassured you can do what they might ask you to do in the job.

• Chew gum or play with your hair, slouch, look at your watch or fidget. There is nothing worse than interviewing someone who is easily distracted.

• Keep your mobile on. Before you enter the interview building, check your phone is off or at the very most, on silent. It’s also worth you haven’t set any alarms or notifications that may go off during the interview. If it goes off in the interview, it will almost certainly cost you the job, however impressive you have been thus far.

• Appeared disinterested in the company and role. Candidates who refrain from asking at least one or two questions give off the impression that they are not interested in the position. Make sure you have a couple of good ones up your sleeve.

• Do any research beforehand. Consider the company and read through the spec – it will help you pick out and remember the most important points. In short, show that you have done your homework!

After the interview

• Walk out. Thank the interviewers for their time, ask what the next step would be and what the timeframes are. This will show a level of interest in the position.

If you ever have any questions about the interview process, feel free to get in touch with your consultant or a member of the team.

Author David Morel Tiger Recruitment Team

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