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What NOT to: Do in an Interview (Part I)

April 24, 2012

The moment you arrive for an interview, your potential employer may be watching your every move. From not being prepared to trying to score a date with an interviewer, we’ve seen it all.

Here are a few things you should never do on an interview:

  • Be rude to the receptionist – They are the first person you will likely speak with when you check in to your interview, and believe it or not, they could have an impact on whether or not you get the job. Make sure you are polite, not only to the receptionist, but to all individuals you meet on your interview.
  • Chew gum – What is more distracting in an interview than watching (and listening) to someone chomping on a piece of gum? When you’re talking to your interviewer, you want them to focus all their attention on what you have to say about your qualifications and background, not what you’re chewing on.
  • Ask the interviewer on a date – Yes, this interview faux pas actually happens! While it’s important to strike a positive note with a potential employer, you want to make sure the relationship you establish with them is a professional one. Even if you do hit it off with your interviewer, avoid asking them out on date during the interview process.
  • Display bad posture – It’s not only a distraction, but bad posture can also communicate a lack of confidence. Make sure you sit up straight and your interviewer is likely to interpret that you are professional and self assured.
  • Avoid eye contact – If your eyes are wandering during an interview, a potential employer could perceive it as if you are uninterested in the job or that you are not paying attention to what they are saying.  
  • Fidget – If you’re squirming around in your seat or twiddling your thumbs an employer could take that as a sign of nervousness, and a behavior that may not fit within their company culture. Try to stay relaxed during the interview by preparing your elevator pitch ahead of time. Make sure you know the answers to the top interview questions and show up at least ten minutes early to avoid any anxiety you may have during the interview.
  • Arrive without Pen and Paper – This action could be detrimental to a successful interview. Some employers could take this ‘forgetfulness’ as a sign that you are unprepared, unorganized or someone who isn’t interested enough in the opportunity to want to take notes.
  • Extend a gentle handshake – There may be nothing as awkward as a soft or excessively gentle handshake when it comes to first impressions. When meeting a potential employer, a handshake may indicate whether you feel confident or insecure. A firm handshake can indicate that you are self-assured and ready to take on any job that’s handed to you.


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