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Top 10 things an interviewer dislikes when holding a job interview


Avoid the following ten pitfalls when going for a job interview

It’s hard to overstate the importance of a job interview. It can be a real turning point in your career, even a pivotal point in your life. Yet many people continue to make the same mistakes over and over, not realising that simple tweaks to their interview etiquette could leave them with drastically different results. It’s so easy to make a bad impression and start your interview off on the wrong track, meaning you get overlooked for a job that would suit you perfectly. At CareerWise, we are experts in all things job-related. Here is our guide to the top ten things an interviewer dislikes when holding a job interview…

Top 10 things an interviewer dislikes when holding a job interview

1. Dressing inappropriately

When you have a job interview, it’s imperative to look polished and professional. Of course your attire may vary based on the position you’re applying for, however, it’s important to look well-dressed and put together, no matter what the position.


2. Being late

Running late shows lack of respect for the company, the position and the interviewer. Being late also suggests poor management skills. Go the extra length to make sure that you aren’t late, and arrive on time, or even early. That way you’ll have some cushion time, for any unforeseen circumstances.


3. Leaving blanks on your CV

It’s understandable that some of your older experiences may be hard to recall. Review the facts before your interview. It can be helpful to keep a copy of your resume for yourself to refer to during your interview, but be careful not use it as a crutch. It goes without saying that you should never “lie” on your CV. The more truthful you are on your CV, the less chance you have of being unable to answer questions.


4. Lack of research

There’s no excuse for poor preparation. You should research the company, prepare your questions in advance and always bring a hard copy of your CV. The more prepared you are, the more your interviewer will take you seriously. Don’t let yourself zone out during an interview. Make sure you are well-rested, alert and prepared for your interview. It’s very easy to get distracted during an interview, but not paying attention can cost you.


5. Slating your previous employers

When interviewing for a job, you want your employer to know that you can work well with other people and handle conflicts in a mature and effective way, rather than badmouthing your co-workers or talking about other people’s incompetence. There are many ways to turn negative things about an old job into positives. For example “You thought your last job was a dead end”? Put a different spin on it by saying, “I felt I had gone as far as I could go in that position. I’m looking for a role that provides me with greater opportunities for advancement.”

With the influences of social and professional networks it’s sometimes a smaller world than you may think. You don’t know who your interviewer might know, including that boss who is an “idiot”….


6. Being inconsistent

One tactic hiring managers use during the hiring process is to ask you the same question in several different ways. This is mostly to ensure that you’re genuine with your answers and not just telling an employer what he or she wants to hear. Keep your responses sincere throughout the entire process to avoid these pitfalls.


7. Being inflexible and having unrealistic expectations

Most people know what they want in a job as far as benefits, compensation, time-off, etc. If you’re unable to be flexible with some of your (possibly unrealistic?) expectations, you’re going to have a difficult time finding a job. Have a bottom line in terms of what you want before you start looking for a job and be willing to bend a bit if necessary.


8. Over talking or equally being non responsive

There is nothing worse than someone who goes on and on in a job interview. The interviewer really doesn’t need to know your whole life story. Keep your answers succinct, focused and to the point. Avoid rambling and simply answer the question. Likewise it’s really hard to communicate with someone who answers a question with a word or two. Be responsive and fully answer the question.


9. Showing lack of motivation and having no goals

If you don’t have achievable short term goals than realistically your long term goals will be unattainable. You need to have some concept of where you want to go in life. Be focused and most importantly, show you are motivated and dedicated to attaining these goals. Give them a clear understanding of your career hopes and expectations.


10. Being too nervous because you are not prepared

It’s very simple. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they may be nervous too!


Are you looking for a new role in Ireland?

CareerWise is Ireland’s leading specialist recruitment firm. Based in Cork, Shannon, Galway, Mayo and Dublin we can help you to find your ideal new job in Ireland. From interview tips to CV preparation, we can guide you through the recruitment process. We specialise in the Engineering, Supply Chain, Science/Pharma, IT and Accounting industries in Ireland, and we look forward to working with you. Contact us online now or call us on +353 (0) 21 206 1900 to arrange a consultation.



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