Things You Shouldn’t Do During An Interview

If you are looking for a typical post aimed at the recent graduate who needs tips on conducting the type of interview that will make the interviewer do the gangnam style; this is not it.

This post will instead focus on things that interviewers should never do.

Yup you read that correctly. Interviewers can be susceptible to mishaps too. After all, they are also humans (so I’m told) and as we all know, humans are talented at making all kinds of mistakes.

Interrogation Taking Place

Interrogation Taking Place

We are often told that an interview is a two-way process, so being the annoying, inquisitive child that questions why the sky is blue, I tend to create a mental analysis of a company when I am at an interview whilst the interviewer is analysing my credentials as a potential employee (it’s only fair!).

Interviews are the first connection between a candidate and the firm, so positive first impressions from the interviewer are as important as the impressions from a candidate. The main reason for this is that companies undertaking interviews are seeking someone to do work for them and generally, candidates often apply to more than one place, therefore companies need to stand out from the other organisations that the candidate has applied to.

So here is some advice to the interviewer from candidates around the world:

-Do not read a CV for the first time whilst the candidate is sitting opposite you. If you do, at least try not to mention the fact that you are viewing the CV for the first time, to the candidate.

-Do not go into the interview without knowing exactly what your company wants from the candidate; especially if the role is voluntary or only pays expenses. This can put off candidates from accepting a potential job offer as it raises suspicion about the kind of tasks the company will make the candidate do. Being overworked, especially when tasks have nothing to do with the role that was initially applied for, and not being paid for the extra work is akin to modern-day slavery.

-If you are going to pay the candidate; make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of what the company will pay the candidate. Whether the role is unpaid, commission only or set salary, candidates would like the facts to be transparent so that they can be sure they will get what they are entitled to.

I have mentioned 3 points but I am sure that there are probably a countless number of other “don’ts” for interviewers. Feel free to share your own points below.

Mental Backflips And Star Jumps

The economic depression can empty pockets and cause people to lose their jobs, however, one aspect of the economic depression the media tends to overlook is its impacts on mental depression.

It is no secret that the Mind, like other muscles in the body, needs to be exercised frequently for it to work at its best, but when unemployment hits, there can be a tendency to allow your brain to switch off and become nothing short of a lazy slob that feeds off carbohydrates. In the world of the Mind, carbohydrates include lack of thought and lots of uninspiring conversations which do not utilise the brain to its full capacity.

Boring conversations and lack of ideas can take its toll on the Mind; they clog up your mental arteries and allow the Mind to drip with slow, lethargic ideas that waste space and time with their limited value. Much of this impacts a person in the same way lack of physical exercise would impact a person.

You begin to dislike yourself. You cannot see any good in you. You practically hate yourself.

And all this will only lead you to sink lower and lower until you stop applying for jobs and end up feeling like you are useless.

Depression. Darkness.

That’s no good. If you are unemployed then the only way to gain employment is through action, so we must stay away from inaction, right?

But how?

Keep exercising your brain. Do mental cartwheels every minute of the day. This gives people ideas and once Minds go into overdrive with the creation of ideas, solutions are only a couple of steps away.

And the best form of exercise?

Self-Learning. It’s free!

With the age of the Internet upon us, our Minds are a click away from learning. Aside from keeping the Mind active, learning something new during periods of unemployment is a great way to develop skills and make yourself stand out from the crowd.

Active Mind

Some subjects I feel are best to learn in this day and age include: Coding – Codecademy, Mathematics – ExamSolutions; MathsRevision, Languages, Music and there are plenty more to suit different interests! Feel free to comment below and share subjects/websites which are great to develop new skills from.

~Keep the mind employed at times of unemployment~