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Four Things to NOT do in an Interview

9 July 2018 by Kieran McLoone
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49% of Hiring Managers say that inappropriate clothing will put them off a potential candidate. If something as simple as that can squander your chances, what else should you be avoiding?

We’ve spoken in the past about how to succeed in an interview, and what kinds of questions you can expect. What about the other end of the spectrum?

Lying

We all exaggerate certain aspects of our lives when selling ourselves to somebody, but downright lying is as useful for your odds as concrete shoes in an ocean. Nobody wants to drown amongst lies.

Stick to the truth – it’s much easier to keep consistent.

Being Arrogant or Cocky

It’s okay to have confidence in an interview setting; in fact, it’s recommended.

But being overly confident about the job or yourself comes across as arrogance. If your interviewer finds it hard to get along with your personality in a confined setting, then there’s no chance they’ll fancy putting up with it for the long-term.

George Clooney, esteemed actor, said how, “you never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.” Heed those words, and listen more than you talk.

Poor Body Language

We’ve spoken before about how body language is 55% of communication.

This means avoiding eye contact, shaking hands with a limp, floppy grip, and crossing your arms in defence; three things to avoid. 

If you can do the opposite of those three things, then you’re already presenting yourself with confidence and clarity.

‘Up-Talking’

Basically, making your voice higher at the end of a sentence.

What does this do? How can you avoid it? Read those sentences and see for yourself.

If you make everything you say into a question by rising your pitch (such as ‘I think I would be good for the job’), then you sound unsure. And if you’re unsure, then why should the Hiring Manager have any faith in you?


If you want any more info on how to present yourself, then get in contact with one of our expert consultants on 020 3176 4790. 

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