Worst interview errors: How not to impress a new employer!

Friday, February 03, 2017


You’ve done the hardest bit, you’ve got through the applications on paper stage and you’ve secured yourself an interview for a job you really want.

Great news! You’ll want to make the most of this opportunity and give the best interview you can in order to give yourself the optimum chance of getting this position.

It’s nerve-wracking to face an interviewer or panel, and you may be unsure of the way to make a good impression. Here’s our quick guide to getting through this process, outlining exactly what you should avoid doing at all costs!


1. Arrive late. Arriving late for any kind of meeting suggests that you value your own time more highly than that of the person you are meeting. This is bad form at any time, but especially when you’re going to an interview. Arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to calm down and relax after your journey, and to give an impression of yourself as an organised, professional person.

2. Dress down. Many offices and workplaces now have a more relaxed approach to work wear, but an interview isn’t the time to test this out.  Dress smartly, polish your shoes and wear a big smile – this is the feature that most people notice first, after all!

3. Use bad language. You don’t know how your potential employer feels about bad language, and it certainly doesn’t demonstrate professional respect for the situation you are in. Best behaviour is the name of the game in an interview situation!

4. Don’t criticise the company. Making it clear that your experience will enable you to streamline or improve current practice within the company is a great way to make an impression at interview, but don’t come across as criticising current employees or practice, as you don’t want to offend anyone or risk alienating them.

5. Don’t forget where you are. Ideally, an interviewer will put you at ease and you’ll be able to chat in a friendly manner. However, don’t be too quick to drop your professional persona. Be aware that your interviewer has probably looked you up on social media and if you confirm a suspicion that you might be more interested in partying than working, you probably won’t be invited back for another interview!

This orginally appeared on careerwise.ie