10 job interview mistakes recruiters wish candidates were aware of – http://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/

This is a quick short list to review, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE always close your interview with saying you are interested!!!! You have to state your interest. 

10 job interview mistakes recruiters wish candidates were aware of


A job interview is when the recruiter gauges the suitability of a candidate.

However, jobseekers keep making mistakes that hinder the recruiters ability to truly assess how good they are.

The Independent has compiled a list of ten job interview mistakes that recruiters are tired of seeing candidates make.

Coming unprepared

Too many candidates ruin their interview by coming unprepared, according to recruiters at Morgan Stanley. They told The Independent: “If you’re going for an investment banking position, know what deals the firm has done recently and be prepared to speak about their highlights.”

Showing no interest in the job

Recruiters may think having an interest in the job comes with the whole application process. But several candidates say that they have only applied to the job to get a foot in the door.

The recruiters at Morgan Stanley said: “It’s okay to have a long-term career goal of working with external clients … but you need to explain why you are interested in starting out in [the] non-client-facing position you might be interviewing for.”

Having only one set of skills

It’s okay for candidates to showcase their strongest skills, but hiring managers are tired of hearing about only one skill set. That is according to Heather Huhman from Glassdoor. She toldThe Independent: “Although you may only be tempted to talk about your strongest technical skills during the interview, it’s also important to highlight your soft skills. This will show the hiring manager you’re a versatile candidate and will be easily trained once hired.”

Padding their CVs

The recruiters at Morgan Stanley told candidates to not “put things on your CV that you can’t live up to.”

Not listening

Josh Doody is author of the book Fearless Salary Negotiation. He told The Independent: “If they [candidates] don’t listen in the interview, that could mean a lot of unnecessary escalations in the future.”

Not expanding on previous experience

The job interview is a chance for the recruiter to hear about what the candidate has done before. That is why recruiters may be frustrated interviewing jobseekers who don’t expand on their previous experience. Huhman told candidates to not “feel like you need to keep every response short and sweet during an interview.”

Using clichés

Recruitment Grapevine released a list earlier this week on the eight clichés recruiters are tired of reading in CVs. But buzzwords like ‘hardworking’ and ‘team player’ have no place in a job interview either, according to Huhman.

Being too self-assured

Top recruiters want an honest response from the candidates. That is why Huhman advised candidates “not to overcompensate when explaining [their skill set].”

Not asking any questions

While job interviews are designed to give recruiters a chance to gauge the candidates, it is also a chance for the interviewees to ask questions to find out more about the company. That is something more candidates should do, according to The Independent.

Not saying thank you

While sending a ‘thank you’ note after the interview may be a good way to solidify the candidate’s pich, recruiters at Morgan Stanley tell The Independent that too few jobseekers take that opportunity. They said: “You should always send a ‘thank you’ note after an interview, but don’t literally just say ‘thank you.’ Say that you learned a lot and you’re excited about the position. It shows you have sincere interest in the job.”

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