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Things not to do at interview

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 3 years ago
  • Author:by Miles Bishop

As more employers welcome the return of face-to-face interviews, we may have forgotten the basics of good interviews. So, if you’re just setting out on your career journey and or just don’t want to create the wrong impression, take note of the following!

Some people are naturally better at interviews than others, but we can all improve our interview skills with practice. Here are some of our top things to avoid during your next face-to-face interview.

Arriving late

Being late to your interview is one of the best ways to make an awful first impression.

To avoid this massive mistake, make sure you know where you’re going and that you allow plenty of time for travel. Arrive at your interview 10 minutes early if you can.

Bad hygiene

Good grooming tells your interviewer that you pay attention to detail and that you know how to take care of yourself. If you do turn up to your interview without taking the time to look after your basic hygiene or with less than pristine clothes, it sends the wrong message to your potential employer.


Some people never swear and some swear without giving it a second thought. Whichever is more you, it’s not appropriate to use unprofessional language in interview – even if your interviewer does!

Not bringing a CV/Portfolio

Take a copy of your CV or portfolio with you to make a good impression during your interview. A copy of your updated CV/portfolio on hand, even if your interviewer doesn’t need it, shows you’re organised and prepared for the job at hand.

Checking your phone

It doesn’t take a genius to know why answering your phone during an interview is a stupid decision. Equally, looking at your phone during any part of your interview shows a lack of professionalism. Even if it is just a nervous habit, keep your hands and eyes off of it and make sure you have it turned off.

None of the above tips are rocket science but you’d be surprised how many people forget the basics. If you’re in the job market, with a particular focus on jobs in the Environment, Energy, Sustainability, Health, Safety & Wellbeing then take a look start your job hunt.

If you find something suited to your skills and experience, our recruiters will guide you through the interview process and give you as much help and advice to help you succeed as possible.

Best of luck with your job hunting and interviews!