Interview Pet Peeves

A range of small events in an interview can change the way the interviewer sees you, which affect your job search in all the wrong ways. We’ve listed some of our interview pet peeves as a lesson of what to AVOID during an interview.


1 – Candidates who answer their phone, look at their phone or have their phone buzzing in their pocket

We once had a candidate answer their mother’s phone call during our interview, and proceed to take a grocery list order…

2 – Offering one word answers

Yes, no and sometimes aren’t real answers! Elaborate and use your answers as an opportunity to showcase your skills and experience.

3 – ‘It’s all in my resume’

That is never a good answer when asked to describe your responsibilities in a role. Your resume can only say so much – the interview is the chance to get to know you, your skills and your experience on a deeper level. Take the opportunity to connect and make a lasting impression!

4 – Candidates who base their salary expectations on personal costs

We all have personal costs we need to cover – mortgage, daycare, gas, clothing, etc. Instead, focus on what you can bring to the position and organization.

5 – Interviewees who hate everything and everybody

Complaining about every position you’ve ever had and every supervisor you’ve ever had does NOT leave a positive impression. Employers want to hire people that will contribute positively to their company culture. Airing bad experiences and burned bridges in an interview is not likely to be well-received.

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