Five Signs You Are a Poor Interviewer (And What You Can Do About It!)

March 7th, 2014

The interview offers great opportunities to demonstrate your communication skills, describe your past work, and express your enthusiasm for the job you seek.  If your interview skills are rusty, however, you may inadvertently display the signs of a poor interviewer, which can hurt your chances of taking the next step on your career path.

Do you display any of these five signs of being a poor interviewer?

  1. Arriving late for the interview. Arriving late for an interview doesn’t just demonstrate a lack of planning or foresight – it also communicates a lack of respect for the interviewers and their time.  It also makes you more likely to show up rushed, flustered, and apologetic, while the interviewers are composed and ready.
    To fix this problem, build extra time into your schedule when you’re going to an interview.  By adding an extra half-hour, you ensure you’re prepared for most delays and obstacles.   Arriving on time demonstrates you’re committed to the job and you respect your potential co-workers’ time and efforts.
  2. Casting blame on former bosses, co-workers, or customers. Most interviewers will ask you about a time a project went wrong or you made a major mistake at work.  Even if the problem was caused by forces outside your control, you should not cast blame on the offending parties.  Instead, talk about what you could control and how you used the abilities you have to fix the problem.
  3. Knowing little about the company or the job. When interviewers ask “What do you know about our company?” they’re not asking to be polite or to learn something they don’t know themselves.  They want to know how well you have prepared for the interview by learning about the organization, its goals and mission, and the job you’re seeking.  Having little or nothing to say in response communicates that you’re not interested in the job or the organization – a major red flag for most employers.  Learn everything you can about the company and the position before you step into the interview.
  4. Being unable to provide details about your resume or cover letter claims. Interviewers invite you to an interview to learn more about the “overview” you provided in your resume and cover letter.  If you can’t provide details, examples, or background information about the claims made in your resume or cover letter, interviewers may assume that you’re exaggerating or misstating your past work and experience.  Prepare by thinking through your past work and education for specific examples that demonstrate the claims your resume and cover letter make.
  5. Having no questions for the interviewer. Like knowing little about the job or the company, having no questions for the interviewer demonstrates a lack of interest in the job.  Think of interviewing as a two-way street: not only are you there to answer questions, you’re also there to have your own questions answered.

If these five signs sound familiar, consider talking to your recruiter.  Recruiters specialize in connecting professionals to jobs that fit their skills and goals, and in helping job-seekers through the interview process.

The experienced recruiters at 1st Staffing can help you hone your interview skills to help you find a great job in the Ardmore, OK area.  Contact us today to learn more.

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