Lindsay Olson

Just another WordPress weblog

What Not to Say or Do in an Interview: Part 2 by Stephanie Lloyd

2493787 25e0d0d21a What Not to Say or Do in an Interview: Part 2 by Stephanie Lloyd
This is part two of Stephanie Lloyd's 2-piece series on what not to say or do in an interview. You can find the first five here.

6.  Interviewer: "What questions do you have for me?" Candidate: "How much vacation will I get?"

Do *not* discuss salary or benefit packages, particularly during the first interview! Remain open. If you are asked what you′re looking for, it is fine to let them know what your salary and bonus structure is today.  Beyond that, let them know you′d rather defer that conversation until you′ve learned more about the opportunity, and they′ve learned more about what you can bring to the company.

7. Interviewer: "Candidate flushed the toilet during the phone interview."

Phone interviews are frequently a first step in the interviewing process.  Do *not* disregard the importance of this first impression! Be sure to set up a specific time in advance for the call.  This will allow you to be fully prepared and avoid situations where you are unable to conduct an effective interview. Make sure your phone (especially if you are on an extension) is audible or in good working order.  Avoid cell phones. Be aware of any potential distractions, i.e.; radio, television, background conversations, etc. If you have the "call waiting" feature on your phone, do not interrupt your conversation to answer a call.

8. Recruiter: "Candidate was so nervous; the poor guy asked me how my weekend was four times."

Do *not* appear nervous or desperate! A client recently told me that their top candidate for a particular position was ultimately not given the offer because he appeared so desperate during his interviews with the hiring manager.

9. Recruiter: "Candidate showed up for her 4:00 p.m. interview at 2:30."

If you have an interview scheduled for a job you really want, don′t be late. Also, do not be an hour and a half early. It′s disrespectful; recruiters and hiring managers have busy schedules just like everyone else. Be sure you know where you′re going so that you can arrive ten to fifteen minutes early. Drive to the location in advance of the interview if necessary to be sure you know exactly where you′re going. In the event that you do arrive more than ten minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time, wait in your car or find a nearby place — outside the office/waiting room — to wait.

10. Interviewer: "Candidate showed up with his mother and said she would give him an excellent reference."

No matter what, do not, I repeat, do *not* allow your parent(s) to go with you. And do not let your parents try to negotiate your offer for you! Your parents have no place in the interview process. EVER.

What would you add?

Stephanie Lloyd is a Recruiter and the Principal of the Calibre Search Group in Atlanta, Georgia. She has more than 15 years experience in financial services recruiting and sourcing and started her own firm in 2006.

You can find Stephanie on Twitter at @atlrecruiter, on LinkedIN, or on the Calibre Search Group website.

Photo credit: Pieceoplastic [Flickr]


What Not to Say or Do in an Interview - Part 1

share save 171 16 What Not to Say or Do in an Interview: Part 2 by Stephanie Lloyd

4 Comments - Add yours!

Anna (March 18th, 2009)

#8: What’s the difference between coming off eager and interested, and coming off desperate? One of the most common tips I read is to make it clear that you want the job. How can I do that without the interviewer interpreting that I’m “desperate”?

Stephanie Lloyd (March 18th, 2009)

That’s an excellent question. It’s entirely possible to appear calm, cool, and confident WITHOUT coming across as desperate.

Stating that you are interested in and even asking for the job at the end of the interview process does not = desperation.

Calling every day begging for the job does = desperation. Talking about how long you’ve been out of work, you have a family to feed, are behind on your bills, you don’t what you’ll do if you don’t get the job…all = desperation.

Hope this clarifies — please let me know if you have additional questions.

Lindsay Olson (March 19th, 2009)

Anna, Career Hub just posted an article on exactly that topic. It’s worth taking a look –

Lindsay Olson » How Not To Ask For Help In The Job Search (April 22nd, 2009)

[...] couple weeks ago, Stephanie Lloyd made a good point in her guest post on my blog about how candidates shouldn’t come across as desperate in their job search. [...]

Leave a Reply

Register at Gravatar to show your image next to your comment in this and other blogs.

WordPressCreative Commons

© Lindsay Olson 2015 | RSS Contents | RSS Comments. Proudly powered by Wordpress. Web development by SocialSnack.