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8 Ways You’re Telling the Interviewer You Don’t Want the Job

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We humans are always making snap judgements.

Whether judging a choice a coach makes during a crucial game or judging the woman at the grocery store who still insists on writing checks, people consistently make quick decisions about others without considering the big picture. (Perhaps check writer recently had her credit card compromised, for instance.)

In his many years interviewing prospective employees, contributing editor at Inc., and former manager at a 250-employee company Jeff Haden, has made many, many quick, gut-based decisions based solely on something a candidate did or said.

He uses his experience to give some great advice in his terrific article “8 Snap Interview Decisions Every Boss Makes.”

Here’s his list of what you shouldn’t do or say during an interview if you want to avoid triggering snap judgements:

  1. Say you’re excited about the opportunity too soon. An interview is a place where you and the interviewer can see if the opportunity is right for you both. Saying you’re amped about the job five minutes into the conversation just lets them know you don’t know what the position entails.

  2. Complain about your current job. Stick to why you’re interested in the position, rather than bad-mouthing your old (or current) employer. A new job is a chance for you to move up in your career. Talking about how bad another company is/was won’t impress someone looking to bring you in. Save it for your coworkers at happy hour.

  3. Take over an interview. Your interviewer wants someone with confidence, not arrogance.

  4. Misunderstand what the company is looking for. Jeff believes every position, even senior level ones, have one major requirement: a key attribute, quality, or skill. Figure that out (and if you’ve got it) and you’ve automatically got an edge on the other candidates.

  5. Blame others. Don’t throw others under the proverbial bus. Instead, spell out how you overcame a challenge and ended up looking like a superstar. At Vitamin T we call this format a PAR, which stands for Problem — Action — Result.

  6. Fail to prepare for the interview. The person you’re meeting not only has 5 other candidates to meet, she also has work piling up at her desk. Be ready for Go Time when called in and you’ll come out looking like somebody ready for business.

  7. Ask trivial or meaningless questions. If you don’t have anything to ask by the end of the interview, don’t. Our advice: Inquire if they wouldn’t mind answering a quick question via email if you think of one on the commute home. (Promise to be brief.)

  8. Forget to ask for the job if you want it. If you’re impressed with the company and position, let your interviewer know that you want to work there. (If not, see Item 1.)

Hiring managers and interviewers, is there anything Jeff forgot about in his list?

Let us know in comments!

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