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When Interviews Don't Go Well...

How do you know when it's not going well?

  • If you’re doing 70% of the talking… it’s not going well!

  • If your interviewer is doing 70% of the talking… it’s not going well!

  • If you don’t have ANY questions… it’s not going well!

  • If you have a great outside interest in common, and that’s all you talk about… it’s not going well!

  • If you misstate what the company does… it’s not going well!

  • If you ask a question about what the company does… it’s not going well!

  • If you’re answering a question that you misunderstood… it’s not going well!

  • If your answer is taking 5 minutes… it’s not going well!

  • If you have no examples of work situations… it’s not going well!

  • If you can’t tell them what’s different about you… it’s not going well!

  • If you’re not sure of something they refer to on your resume… it’s not going well!

  • If you can’t remember what an acronym on your resume stands for… it’s not going well!

  • If they are sitting straight up in their chair and you’re slouching… it’s not going well!

  • If they are taking more than one call during your interview… it’s not going well!

  • If your cell phone rings in the interview, and you look to see who it is… it’s not going well!

  • If your 1 hour interview ends in 20 minutes… it’s not going well!

  • If they ask about your weaknesses and you give one that’s critical to the job… it’s not going well!

  • If they ask about your weaknesses and you say “I work too hard”… it’s not going well!

  • If they ask about your greatest accomplishment and you don’t know… it’s not going well!

  • If you’re asking about salary, benefits, and vacation in the first 30 minutes… it’s not going well!

  • If you put your feet on their desk and belch (it’s happened)… it’s not going well!

  • If you arrive in a T-Shirt and Khaki’s when they all wear suits (it’s happened)… it’s not going well!

  • If you’re wearing a nice suit and tie, with hiking boots (it’s happened)… it’s not going well!

  • If you’re telling stories about what a jerk your previous boss was (it’s happened)… it’s not going well!


  • There are many, many more… add yours in the comment section!
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    11 comments:

    Mike Henry Sr. said...

    If they correct your repeated mispronunciation of the company name... it's not going well!

    Tom Maher said...

    Hehehehehe, this post sounds eerily like a Jeff Foxworthy stand-up routine!! I mean, it IS good stuff, but it is kind of making me chuckle, too!

    Sara K. Collins said...

    Great list!

    If they ask you where you want to be in 5 years, and you think "Anywhere but here!"...it's not going well!

    Jeff Lipschultz said...

    Great idea for presenting the do's and don'ts of interviewing. Here's some more info to add to the pile:

    http://jefflipschultz.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/successful-interviewing-part-4-how-to-shine-during-the-interview/

    And, if you take a misstep in the first moments of the interview (that critical time of the first impression), it isn't necessarily a lost cause to continue. You can recover. See more on this:

    http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/first-impressions.shtml

    I love Harry's posts for helping candidates succeed. Trust his advice--he's on target!

    Meg Montford said...

    These are priceless, Harry! You've made serious job search tips memorable with your humor. This post is a real winner!

    Goodman Ager said...

    Great post -- Here's one -- The interview is not going well if at some point in the interview you don't say, "I want this job". It's always amazing to me how few people I interview actually ask for the job!

    http://www.worktocareer.com

    Ed Finley said...

    From: http://twitter.com/interview_ed

    Here are some of the ones I’ve had from personal experience:

    1. If you show up to the wrong company for an interview ... its not going well.

    2. If you show up to an interview for an IT position with the wrong resume and the interviewer says something like, “So ... you’ve been a pole dancing instructor?” ... its not going well.

    3. If you excuse yourself to go call a friend for answers to interview questions (... 4 times) ... its not going well

    4. If you show up to an afternoon interview late because you slept in ... its not going well

    5. If you're 10 minutes in on an interview and they give you a list of competitors that you should apply to ... its not going well

    6. If its lunch time and they don’t offer you a free lunch ... its not going well (at least for me).

    7. If you show up to an interview with a bad case of gas .... it will definitely not end well.

    Hope my list helps.
    Regards,
    Ed.

    ChuckB_IT said...

    Like always, your articles are great Harry. Thank for this.

    Goodman Ager -- you are so right. I was guilty of this in the past until I heard this same advice from other HR peoples' posts in blogs about how candidates forget to ask for the job. Glad you included this. After all, it's all about being memorable (unique) and making the HR person's job as easy as possible in filling the position.

    Mary Millard said...

    If you cannot remember what courses you took that pertain to the position you are applying for it is not going well.

    Anonymous said...

    If you cannot receive their calls for interviews it couldn't go well

    Anonymous said...

    If you sound like a disgruntled employee... no one wants to hire someone looking for the 'rebound job' either

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