You know, being an interviewer will give you an opportunity to make a long list of criteria of job interview candidates that annoy you. Sometimes it is just incredible to see candidates spending hours of time polishing up their resume and blindly leaving the fate of the interview hanging nowhere. Here’re only a few of them:
1. Arrive late.
You can give all sort of excuses for all you care when you’re late like you’re stuck in an unexpected traffic (good excuse when the interview is right down in the cities like KL), changing the bike tyres, still finding suitable parking areas and so on. Yes, some of the excuses are legitimate. Screw them. You should estimate your time well, and your estimate should give buffer to you so that you’ll arrive early. Not late. Not exactly on time. You should arrive earlier. Give it 30 minutes or so. Remember, there will be few other steps you will need to complete before you will be shown to the interview room e.g. filling up application forms, sit for aptitude test, assessment and so on. Therefore, it is imperative you arrive early. Be a religious time keeper.
2. Answer phone calls during interview.
I can never forgive those who answer calls during interview. So do other interviewers. Even worse, a few of them talk a fashionably lengthy discussion while the interviewer is right in front of them. Arguably, these type of person does not only have ethics problem, but their attitude in their everyday life is also questionable. Luckily, my remedy for this issue is quite simple; I just kicked them out of the interview room. I will say to them, “Now that I can see you don’t respect me as an interviewer, I do not see you will respect me as your supervisor, team mate and colleague either. Just berambus from here.” Period.
3. Come unprepared, documents not complete.
Some job interview candidates think that they are too ‘terer’ that they do not need a minute to prepare for the interview. They come with no knowledge about the company they’re applying too. No courtesy to bring a completed set of required documents and their most updated resume. Some of them even bring a thumb drive and ask the interviewer to upload it in the hard disk. Make an effort to know a little bit about the company and the position you’re applying for. It will save your blushes.
4. Dress sloppy.
Does the expression “there’s no second chance for first impression” sound familiar? Well, the phrase says it all. Just because you’re applying for a specialized position that doesn’t require you to wear nice kemeja on every day basis like a Jave Architect or a 3G Infrastructure Specialist, that does not mean you can skip the essence of proper ethics and dressing. Put something nice; tie and kemeja for men (by the way I will always advise my candidates to dress full blazer during interview) and blouse/cardigans for the ladies.
Remember, keep those in mind, and keep your name away from interviewer’s hate list.