Here at Cornerstone Medical Recruiting, we are experts at preparing individuals for job interviews, and we know exactly what it takes to have a successful interview experience. We talk to hundreds of job seeking candidates every year, and give them the secrets to getting a job offer rather than a “We have other candidates to interview, we’ll let you know.” response at the end of the interview. If you are soon to be interviewing for a possible new job, and want to have virtually no chance of being hired by the interviewing employer, there are a few ways to pretty much assure that you will NOT be hired. Some of these mistakes would seem to be a “no brainer”, but you may be shocked by how many people fall prey to these disastrous interviewing blunders.
1. Start off by being late.
A major key to a successful interview is making a great first impression. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and the first impression that the potential new employer gets of you is established in the first few minutes that you enter the room. Since all employers are looking to hire the best possible candidates, and they often have several to choose from, being punctual regarding the start time of the interview is imperative. If you can’t even manage to be on time for the pre-employment interview, what would give the prospective employer any reason to believe you would be on time on a regular basis if you were to be hired? If something comes up at the last minute prior to the interview such as a traffic jam, a car accident, or some other unexpected event that is going to cause you to be late for the interview, call the interviewing party and explain the situation, apologize, and ask if you can reschedule the interview. Doing this is far better than trying to explain why you are late when you get there.
2. Dress casually
Again, it can’t be stressed enough how important that first impression that you create is in terms of your chances of being hired. How you are dressed plays an enormous part of that first impression. An applicant should always error towards being over dressed rather than under dressed. Absolute no no’s for interview attire would include jeans, tennis shoes, tee shirts, low cut tops, high cut skirts, or any articles of clothing that are not neatly pressed. This applies even if everyone else at the place of employment is dressed casually. Business attire shows respect for the interviewer and the place of employment.
3. Fail to prepare
Showing up at an interview without doing preliminary research and homework about the background and services of a potential employer is a crucial mistake. When an applicant is able to show that they are very familiar with the company to which they are applying, it shows the interviewer that the applicant is genuine, eager and proactive. By doing research in advance about the company that a candidate is applying to, it enables the candidate to better know what questions to ask during the interview that will make for a successful interview. Having a prepared list of questions to ask at the appropriate time in an interview is vital. Nothing looks worse than a candidate looking like a deer in the headlights when asked if they have any questions.
4. Ask about the pay up front
One thing that can certainly be a red flag to many employers that are interviewing a potential new hire is having a candidate ask early on in the interview about the pay. It is always best to first do everything that can possibly be done to make a positive impression, and to convince the employer that the candidate would be a valuable asset to the company. Asking about money too early in the interview gives the impression to the employer that the applicant is more concerned about what the employer has to offer than what the applicant has to offer the employer. If the interviewer is thoroughly impressed by the time the interview is nearly over, the interviewer will bring up the topic of salary in an effort to persuade the applicant to take the job.
5. Bad mouth your current or former employer
Anytime an applicant begins to talk negatively about a current or past employer in an interview, this normally spells trouble to the employer conducting the interview. Human Resources departments and management of businesses do not want to spend time putting out fires and resolving conflicts with their employees any more than they absolutely have to. When a potential candidate bad mouths a current or previous employer, it makes the candidate appear to be high maintenance and a trouble maker from the start. There is no employer that is going to bring aboard a confrontational and negative employee if they don’t have to. They would rather hire an employee that is positive, appreciative, and respectful.
Well there you have it. These are just some of the traps that can spell certain death to your chances of being hired. Commit any of the above mentioned cardinal sins in your interview, and you are likely to hear “We’ll call you”, instead of “When can you start?” Today’s job market is very competitive, and if you are not armed with the proper tools and information as to how to interview well, your application may very well end up in the trash instead of in your employee file where you would like it to be.