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No. 9: Lack of Preparation for Interview

Top 10 Recruiters’ Peeve N0. 9:  Lack of Preparation for Interview

Recruitment agencies will generally prepare candidates before interview sessions with clients.  No matter how much we try to prepare our candidates in advance, some of them will still say foolish things.   For example,

Client: “How much do you know about our company?” 

Candidate: “Not much.”

Client: “Then why do you apply to this job?”

Candidate: “The agency sent me and so here I am.”

This may be an exaggeration but the implication is there.

The onus is on recruiters to put forth the best candidates to our clients.  However, these candidates may be in demand due to their skills or industry domain experience, and may not be fully appreciative of the interview opportunities given.  This could well explain their “disinterest” during interviews.  Some candidates had gone through so many rounds of interviews and feel so “jaded” that they do not put their best self forward each time.

If you have decided to turn up for an interview, please do not waste your time or the interviewers’ time.   Put in your best effort during that 1-2 hour session.  Even if it means that you have to answer the same questions all over again, do it with oomph!

The IT industry is small and a negative impression you gave during an interview may haunt you in future.  Interviewers will remember you … and most companies have a recruitment system to help them keep track of all interview records.  You have been warned…