What you should NOT DO in an Interview
By Adriana Noailles on Dec 04, 2013
There is plenty of content available to prepare for an interview but there are some very basic mistakes which candidates often make during job interviews. So we would like to present our own version of “Five things NOT TO DO in a telephone interview”
At Oracle, we typically do a first telephone interview with candidates. Telephone interviews are slightly different from a face-to-face interview. Yes, you don’t need to worry about what you should wear, instead, you should pay more attention to your communication style.
Let’s start with the first mistake: Don’t come prepared.
Is this a retail company? A Manufacturer? What does IT mean? It is very likely that the interviewer wants to check your knowledge about the company. Some candidates may have checked Oracle’s website before but most of them don’t have a clue of what Oracle does, is it a Consulting company…?
Tip 1 Review the job description and the company’s website. The more prepared you are, the better you will perform at the interview.
Another common mistake is not remembering dates or important facts.
It is critical that you know your CV, dates, companies, duties, teams. You will be asked about your previous work experience, so be prepared to answer those questions. The interviewer will expect you to provide him/her with an accurate description of your work experience in a structured way.
Tip 2 Review your CV before the interview.
When you are doing an interview, you should be focused on that interview. Don’t answer phone calls (yes, some candidates take another call during their telephone interview… And put the interviewer on hold!) Unless it is an emergency, it should be your priority, or at least you should show that you are very interested in the role. Don’t be distracted.
Tip 3 Don’t take calls.
Normally you will be invited to ask questions at the end of the interview. This is as important as answering questions. Think carefully about what you’d like to know about the company or about the position. This is probably much more important than you realize as this will show, firstly, if you have listened to what the interviewer has told you during the interview and secondly, if you have prepared for the interview beforehand.
Don’t ask for information that you can find easily in the company’s website, don’t ask questions which are irrelevant to you (what’s car does the CEO?) and don’t ask inappropriate questions (Salary, holidays, workdays…). These questions will be answered later so don’t ask them during your first interview
Tip 4 Prepare good questions.
And last but not least, don’t lie! It should not be necessary to mention, but yes, this does often happen. If you lie in any section of your CV (even if you think it is a tiny detail), the interviewer will question whether the rest is also false.
Tip 5 Be honest and tell the truth.