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What’s the worst that could happen? Interview disasters!

Amanjit Dhillion - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Expect the unexpected   Believe it or not some people go into interviews thinking they’re all going to be the same. Whether you’ve been to 0 or 10, they’ll always differ, so make sure you’re ready for anything… literally. Here’s our favourite unexpected interview disaster: 

I walked into the interview and the woman wouldn’t speak to me. She then began to write something down on a piece of paper and held it up. It stated that she was doing a sponsored silence. I spent the entire interview waiting for her to write the questions down one by one and proceed to hold them up so I could answer”. 

 

Preparation is key 

It’s easy to think that you have all bases covered when it comes to body language, eye contact, outfit and your handshake but the most important thing is knowing your stuff and knowing it well. Research everything there is to know about the company beforehand, even read the news! Or you could end up like this guy… 

“I had an interview with a really big company, so I’d heard of them, they’re like a household name. I walked into the interview and the first question I asked was, “so, what do you do?” Didn’t get the job”. 


Keep it professional If there’s one thing that’s consistent with interviews it’s the way you present yourself and the body language you use. Always be as professional as possible, the last thing you want to do is give them the wrong idea… 

“I had a female interviewer and she leant forward to shake my hand, I got confused and misread the situation and ended up kissing her on the cheek. I definitely didn’t get the job”. 


Best behaviour Interviews aren’t just known for being one of the most nerve-racking experiences people have, they’re also known for bringing out the worst in people. It’s something about that cramped, pressurised environment that makes people think its ok to speak their mind. Honesty isn’t always the best policy… 

“I was asked, “If you could be an animal, what sort of animal would you be?” I then blurted out “what kind of stupid question is that?” Obviously didn’t get the job”.


Time is of the essence Interviews are all about timing. You have to be on time, answer your questions within the right time and make sure your answers aren’t too long or too short. If you nail this aspect, the rest of the interview will be a breeze but most importantly, never be late!!! 

 “I was late for my second interview with Network Rail and when they asked why I was late, I told them it was their fault”

 

 

The moral of the story is, when it comes to interviews don’t let yourself down, if you’ve made it as far as to get an interview you’re doing pretty alright! Visit our advice section for more hints and tips on all things apprenticeship. If you’re still searching for that perfect job, check out what we have waiting for you, create a profile and APPLY TODAY.

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