When under pressure to secure the right role, candidates can commit a number of common interview mistakes, due to either nerves or lack of preparation. As business partnering skills continue to move up on hiring agendas, being able to conduct yourself in a professional and considered fashion at interview can often be just as important as demonstrating your technical abilities.
“It’s an all too common occurrence that we see extremely talented candidates let themselves down at interview, either by not addressing their interviewer in the correct manner or properly communicating their desire for the role,” says Sally Martin, Director at Robert Walters.
“It’s an all too common occurrence that we see extremely talented candidates let themselves down at interview, either by not addressing their interviewer in the correct manner or properly communicating their desire for the role”
We suggest the top things to avoid are:
When you’re in an unfamiliar environment and under pressure to impress, it can be easy to oversell yourself in a way that comes across as disingenuous. To avoid this, ensure you reflect upon your answers and monitor your body language throughout the interview, taking time to calm your nerves and construct your answers so that you appear confident but humble.
If you’re hit with a curveball question, try to avoid diving straight in with an answer, taking a moment to consider all elements of the question so that you can provide an honest and considered response. Often rushing in with an answer can lead to unnecessary fabrication, despite this being intentional or not.
Forgetting some of the basic social graces during an interview can steer it in the wrong direction, even from the first point of contact. We suggest for you to;
Posing questions before the end of your interview is a great way to demonstrate that you’ve fully considered the position as well as your potential fit within the business. This is a step which should not be missed. Likewise, asking questions at the correct times throughout the interview will stimulate a natural flow of conversation, demonstrating your ability to think critically as well as naturally engage with stakeholders.