Bad Interview Techniques for Candidates
Most candidates appear for interviews without even knowing that there are two way to go about it - the right way and the wrong way. A candidate who has successfully bagged a job may or may not have employed the right techniques to appear for an interview. However, he has certainly steered clear from the bad interview techniques.
While a lot has been written about the correct techniques to be adopted at the time of interviews, wrong interview techniques are casually ignored. Here, we present to you an article that speaks widely
- Ignoring basic etiquettes
Interviewers find it quite unnerving when candidates are incapable of displaying even school level manners. Out of fear, anxiety or nervousness, candidates forget to greet the panelist. Often, some of them will take a seat even before they are offered one. Similarly, there will be some who forget, confuse or mispronounce the names of the panelists.
- Speaking too much or Speaking too less
There are candidates that vary between the two extremes. There are those who will speak on incessantly and offer unsolicited information. And, there are those who need to be continuously prompted to continue speaking. Very rarely, there are candidates who can maintain a balance and offer to the point elaboration.
Speaking continuously is not bad unless you are repeating yourself and/ or giving out irrelevant information. At the same time, you must realize that a yes/ no question asked should be backed with an explanation.
- Providing rude/ aggressive answers
Nowadays, interviews are not wrapped up in one round. You may have to undergo several sessions before actually proceeding to meet your prospective employer for a one on one interview. Thus, you may be asked the similar kind of questions that may seem repetitive to you. Politely respond to them, even if you have answered to them previously.
Refrain from saying that everything is mentioned in the resume. Even if every detail about you is mentioned in the resume, you have been asked to explain it. Take this chance to embellish your resume further.
- Usage of sarcasm/ ironic comments
Interviewers try every method to slip you into a defensive mode. At this stage, some candidates use sarcastic comments directed at the company or the interviewer himself. In spite of your brilliant qualifications and talents, your image will be damaged.
- Loud manners
Recruiters introducing an anecdote or a short humorous comment are often misunderstood by the candidates. Interviewers are just trying to ease off the tension. They do not hint at starting off a friendly, relaxed chat. It is best to remain impersonal and allow the comment to humor you for the time being.
Similarly, some candidates have the habit of speaking animatedly at length about their acquaintances those are associated with the organization. It is advisable to refrain from discussing those who work and/ or are associated with the company.
- Lack of preparation
Appearing for an interview un-prepared will reflect your lack of professionalism. Make sure you have prepared for every aspect of the interview. Failure to turn in the documents/ certificates requested for, not having a list of references ready, failure to prepare for a presentation that you were asked for, lackadaisical attitude etc. will present a bad picture of your future performances