How To Ruin An Interview In 3 Steps

So you have received the call you have been waiting for, you have been successful in being invited to interview for that dream role you applied for last week.

Congratulations, but the reality is that the job is only half done. You see at this stage, your resume and cover letter have been reviewed and on-paper, the recruiter has formed the view that your application is worthy of an interview, probably along with many others. In most instances, there are still many hoops to jump through before you land that job. The next and most important step is to perform and impress at the interview.

All of this hard work to get through to the interview stage can quickly be undone. In this article, we look at how to ruin an interview in 3 steps.

Step 1 – Arriving late

This may sound like a no-brainer, though it is frightening how often this occurs. Worse still, how often it occurs and candidates fail to apologise for being late! Punctuality is critical if you want to be seriously considered.

The interview process is when you are looking to put your best foot forward and impress, if your view of impress is turning up late, an employer can only deduce what may transpire if they were to actually employ you, none of it is positive.

At Blackwattle Careers, we suggest our clients arrive approximately 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time and if for some reason you have found yourself running late (which we say you must avoid at all cost), make a phone call in advance to explain and then apologise profusely when you arrive – it is general courtesy.

Step 2 – Inappropriate attire

An interview is a formal meeting and it should be treated as such. This means, that you should present yourself by dressing appropriately for the role being advertised. It is critical that you research and understand the organisations approach to workplace attire and dress accordingly.

Formal business attire is the traditional more common etiquette for interviews, though technology and start-up companies generally have a more relaxed approach today. Understanding where your organisation sits in relation to this is key to making the right choice.

Pay attention to details – make sure your shoes are clean and polished, your clothes are ironed and any accessories are consistent with the image you want to portray.

Appear casual and this may lead a recruiter to think that this is how you approach your work, whether this is true or not matters little as the perception has been created. Dressing inappropriately for an interview is a sure way to have your application quashed within seconds.

Step 3 – Failing to prepare:

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Make sure that you prepare for your interview. Understand who you are meeting, their background, the role, the organisation. Your success in an interview can hinge on the smallest things and to ensure you give yourself every opportunity it is critical that you do your research and understand the fundamentals.

All too often we see people refer to the incorrect position title, misunderstand where the role fits within an organisation or worse still completely misrepresent the organisations vision, values or the industry they operate in.

Enhance your chances of success by preparing.