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    December 4, 2013

What you should NOT DO in an Interview

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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

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

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.

We hope you find these tips useful for your next
interview, good luck!

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Marsha Collins-Mroz Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Great primer for any type of interview.

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