We asked, and our client’s answered!
We asked our clients, ‘as a hiring manager, what is the number one mistake candidates make at interview stage?”
The results are in, and we bring you the top three interview mistakes directly from our clients, and what you can do to ensure you avoid them.
This answer came in third, with 11% of the vote. Criticising your previous company or speaking negatively about your last manager can raise red flags for an interviewer – they may be thinking, is this person a naturally negative person, are they a complainer, could they have taken accountability and done more to address the matter?
Tackle the issue head on:
15% of clients said a lack of evidence in answers was the number one mistake candidates made at interview. There is a difference between explaining what you were responsible for vs what you achieved – and the same can be said for your CV. So often, candidates list what they were responsible for in a role rather than quantifying their accomplishments with facts and figures, demonstrating the value they generated and therefor the value they could bring to their future role.
“For those meeting with leadership, lack of specific examples is a primary reason they don’t receive an offer”, Talent Acquisition Manager.
Prepare your answers:
The top response from clients, with over 68% of the vote and number one in interview mistakes was being unprepared. Whether that be not researching the company, the role, or the interviewers, or generally being unprepared for the questions being asked.
“Interviews are a two-way opportunity for both parties to learn about each other – hiring managers do the prep so at the very least, interviewees should too. We often find that candidates that stand out and get the job aren’t always the most qualified but are the ones that make the effort to prepare, exhibit enthusiasm and a positive attitude, and are a strong culture fit for the business”, UK Director.
A winning effort begins with preparation:
We hope you found this post on interview mistakes informative and helpful.
Good luck with your interview!