In a time when there is economic uncertainty and record levels of unemployment, I am often amazed by the number of people who shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to applying and interviewing for positions. Being an employer, I have encountered so many different situations when interviewing people for positions. I would like to share with you some of the mistakes I have come across that would prevent me from hiring a candidate.
- You submit your references’ contact information, say it may not be updated and ask the future employer to contact the individuals to confirm the accuracy.
- You are asked for three references but only give two.
- You are selected for an interview, cancel it due to other obligations, forget the date and time of the rescheduled interview and ask for another chance.
- You begin a Skype interview and ask the interviewer to hold on while you complete a non-emergency telephone call with a relative.
- You admit that you were unaware that you lived in a different time zone from the employer – even though the interview confirmation included the time zone – and that you are not prepared for the Skype interview.
- You are asked specific interview questions and do not manage to answer any of them completely. You then ask if you answered the questions.
- You interview for a position, get the offer and then ask if you can share the work with your business partner.
- Your cell phone rings during an interview, and you answer it.
- You say you are an expert in AP style and then proceed with describing APA style.
- You apply for a virtual position and then ask to interview for the position in person.
How about you? Have you encountered similar situations? What incidents can you add to this list?