Tip-offs Your Interview Is Going Nowhere

Some obvious warning signs.
Tip-offs Your Interview Is Going Nowhere
October 1, 2019

Interviews can be nerve-wracking. They are crammed into schedules that are already too busy, and they can be unpredictable. A great interview is a pleasant surprise, but most are either mediocre or downright bad.

Here are some obvious warning signs.

The candidate is…

Late. Being on time (or early) is the quintessential rule.

Not dressed properly. It's a business casual environment, but flip flops, cut-offs and a t-shirt are not okay.

Talking over you. Candidates should do the majority of the talking but should also allow you to ask follow-up questions or even just finish a sentence. If you can’t get a word in edgewise, your customers might not either.

Not behaving professionally. Texting, chewing gum, swearing, eating snacks (or eating anything).

Knows nothing about your agency. This person may be disinterested, noncommittal or even lazy. Many job-search sites include information about an employer’s business. Most companies have websites and social media pages. It’s almost harder for a candidate NOT to know about a company than to at least have some basic facts.

If you experience any of these, wrap up the interview as quickly, yet professionally, as possible.

For techniques and strategies to conduct interviews that pack a punch and deliver results, join us for Power Interviewing: Hire Right the First Time, a PIA exclusive webinar on October 16 at 2 PM ET.

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