Interviewing Basics: Things You Must NOT Do During the Interview
Steven Cesare, Ph.D.
This posting is follow-up to that which was shared last week based on a fruitful conversation I had with a landscaper from South Carolina. While that previous posting presented a basic list of essential actions that an interviewer must do when interviewing a job applicant, this presentation shares the obverse list: Actions an interviewer must NOT do during a job interview.
To reiterate my point from last week, it is my professional opinion and personal preference to be periodically reminded of some basic elements that may dictate a successful interview experience from one which may be deemed unsuccessful.
- Show up late.
- Be unprepared.
- Ask illegal questions.
- Call the candidate the wrong name.
- Anticipate the candidate will get the job simply because s/he has a good resume or job application.
- Be unable to state the company’s mission statement or core values, when asked by the candidate.
- Say anything negative about any employee, competitors, or other candidates.
- Write notes on the candidate’s resume or job application.
- Answer a cell phone call, send a text message, or read an email message.
- Use foul language.
- Fail to ask the candidate if s/he has any questions to ask.
- Be unprofessional, disinterested, or condescending.
- Make a value judgment on any single response given by the candidate.
- Talk too much.
- Hurry through the interview to get it done.
- Lie or stretch the truth.
- Make a job offer to the candidate on the spot.
- Comment on the candidate’s appearance.
- Try to be funny.
- Think of the interview as a game of “gotcha.”
- Make an employment decision after the candidate’s first couple of responses to questions.
- Commit interviewer errors (e.g., halo, contrast effect, negative information, idealized candidate).
- Demonstrate poor listening skills.
- Look at your watch repeatedly.
- Forget to say “thank you” at the end of the interview.
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