How Not to Get the Job | Work

I had an interview, yesterday. Let me set the scene; the kind of job I've been dreaming about in the two years since I left university (how has it been two years?!). Am interviewer who had bent over backwards to accomodate my schedule (I'd been finishing out my notice period for the job I've just left). I'd done my research. I'd come up with at least three interesting ideas for ways to move the company forward. The interview was only 20 minutes from my house, and I got there fifteen minutes early. It should've been perfect, right? Oh, so wrong.
My Top 5 Tips to Not Get the Job:
1. Get to your interview at least fifteen minutes early.
Don't go inside, straight away, though. Stand outside and continue the furious text fight you're having, just so you'll look too scared to go in if anyone's watching you on CCTV.

2. Research the role.
...and then promptly forget to mention all of the relevant information you have stored away. I worked with the company that was a template (and had the same co-founders) as the one I interviewed for yesterday, as a blogger. Did I mention that? Of course not. 

3. Be prepared for anything.
Except, you know, if your interviewer asks you about what your friends would say about you. Then you should probably freak out and say the first thing that comes to your mind. I referred to myself as 'uptight'. I have never, ever, been accused of being uptight in my life. An hour before my interview, I was still sitting at home in my underwear. 

4. Ask intelligent questions. 
The highlight of my interview was definitely 'well obviously I want to know if you're going to give me the job?' *awkward laughs on both sides of the terribly chic Shoreditch perspex table*. Did I ask something intelligent, about targets? What about my CV made him feel like I'd be a good fit for the brand? No, of course not. Don't be silly.

5. Come with suggestions.
Is the company you're interviewing for looking to grow? Branch out? Refine their customer-base? Reach out to influencers? You should have some ideas for how they could do that. No, don't share them. Just keep them awkwardly in your head and seem as if you've thought of nothing. 

Suffice to say, I'm not expecting a call back. 
What's the best interview tip you've ever had? And what's the worst interview you've ever had?
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6 comments

  1. Oh nooo, reading this did make me chuckle - we've ALL BEEN THERE.

    Sophie x

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  2. This did make me smile a bit, I hope you're not too down about it!

    I'm going for interviews at the moment and me and my mum just keep saying, 'it wasn't the right one' everytime I don't get it.

    Something will come up x

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  3. We've definitely all been there so hope you're not being too hard on yourself. Interviews make me so nervous and I always end up forgetting what I want to actually say x

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  4. My tips is always be yourself, prepare what you are going to say/ask/suggest and if things do not work well, it's ok. I've been on hundreds of interviews before I landed my current job, and for some of them, I am glad I screwed the interview up, it would be worse working for that company instead of working on the position I am now.

    Yiota
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  5. We've definitely all been there girl!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic -

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  6. Haha, yeah I've been there too! Sometimes you just feel that everything should be perfect but you just don't get along with the people offhand - that's the most frustrating interview experience for me.
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