Things to STOP doing in an interview

13 April 2016 Joanna Byerley

Do your CV and covering letter get you interviews, but never a follow-up call offering you that next market research job? Could it be that you’re just out of practise and you’re doing one or two things wrong? Stop where you are and take five minutes to read our checklist of things to STOP doing in an interview to help you get the job

Stop arriving too early or too late – An ideal arrival time is ten minutes before the interview time. If you’re early, go for a walk or a coffee. Arriving too early can make you seem over keen and could be inconvenient for a potential employer to manage. Being very early can be almost as bad as arriving late, which can really set an interview off to a bad start. If you are unavoidably late try and call ahead and explain in advance whilst you’re en route.

Stop leaving your phone on – Just remember to switch it off, and certainly don’t answer it if it does ring – that looks really, really bad.

Stop dressing incorrectly – Before going for an interview find out what the dress code in the office is. It’s always better to be a bit too dressed up than underdressed. Make sure you always look clean and smart, no matter how trendy and relaxed the company seems.

Stop with the limp handshake – It seems as if a limp handshake is a big turn off for many employers. If you need to shake hands, again, be business like and professional with a medium grip and make sure you return their hand after an appropriate amount of time – don’t linger!

Stop with the poor body language – Think about your posture, don’t slouch, don’t make yourself too at home and don’t cross your arms (it’s quite defensive body language).

 Stop under researching – Come on guys you work in market research – the least you can do for a job interview is properly prepare. Do your reading up on the company before you go for interview – they will know if you haven’t!

 Stop over sharing – Know where the boundaries lie in an interview context. Don’t over share personal stuff in an interview and don’t share information about your current workplace or its people that isn’t appropriate. Think about your audience and be sensitive.

 Stop swearing – There is simply no place for swearing or rudeness in an interview situation. ‘Nuff said.

 Stop telling lies – Never lie on a CV or in an interview. You will get found out, and your nose might grow very long as a consequence.

Stop being negative – Even if you’re a glass half empty kind of person, at least for an interview step into some positive shoes! If you don’t have a positive, ‘can do’ attitude in an interview, you’re not going to get very far.

 So lovely market researchers, we hope the above is helpful and means that you’re fighting off the job offers in the future. If you think you need a little bit of extra assistance in the area of interview technique, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be able to point you in the right direction….