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What not to do at a Job Interview…

…Running late

According to research by the Daily Mail, 96% of recruiters agree that time keeping is one of the most influential factors at a job interview. Being late, essentially is not an option. If you’re running late you might as well not bother turning up for the interview at all.

However if you are running late (which it’s inevitable to happen to you eventually) you should always call ahead and let them know.  It still doesn’t  look great but it’s better to call up ahead of time, let them know that you expect to be late and the reason why. This at least appears that you’re more organised and respect the time of the interviewer.

…Stink

Personal hygiene is very important. Going to an interview smelling of ‘BO’ can leave an incredibly bad impression, one of the first things people notice about you besides your appearance is your smell.

First impressions are very important, and going to an interview smelling of cigarette smoke, or having ‘coffee breath’ at an interview can be a massive turn off.  Believe it or not interviews are personal, people have to see themselves being able to work with you and most people don’t want to work with someone that smells of something they dislike.

The same goes for wearing too much perfume or aftershave.  Wear these in moderation, don’t choke the interview panel with your perfume/aftershave it’s something else that can leave a really negative impression.

…Dress inappropriately

First impressions are paramount to an interview. Following the wrong dress code could be enough to to write off your interview at first sight. For example if you’re interviewing for a job at a local authority/council full interview attire would be expected. However going to work for a small design company, something more smart casual is likely appropriate. Don’t be afraid to ask what the dress code is. Over and under-dressing can leave a similar first impression, however it is always better to overdress a little than it is to turn up in jeans and a polo.