Thanks, but no thanks!!!

How do you increase your chances of getting offered the job?
What are the simple things can you do or ways you can act that will help secure your dream role?
Working in Healthcare Communications recruitment for many years I am amazed by the things people say or how they act that ensures that they will definitely NOT get that offer.

When you have committed all of that time to completing your CV; potentially doing tests and travelling for an interview it seems crazy that you would then potentially destroy the whole process so easily.
Here is a list of some of the common negative feedbacks after interview, (if you are an interviewer you’ve probably seen all of these & more):

• The Tardy & Flustered – Turns up late and is stressed out as a result. Give yourself plenty of time to allow for traffic or other situations. Not only does it give the interviewer an insight to your time management but it will also give you time to be relaxed.
• The Unkempt – Not being dressed in a suitable way for interview. Looking like you got dressed in the dark or in a hurry just isn’t going to achieve the role you want, even if the role is ‘working from home’. We know that business dress has reduced in recent years but look smart, look clean and remember first impressions count
• The Anxious – Poor body language, looks like they could break down crying at any moment and makes the interviewer(s) very uncomfortable. It has been said in various research that body language accounts for 55% of the message you give to someone, 38% on the tone of your voice and only 7% on the actual words you use. Although in an interview situation the actual words may be higher than this the non-verbal communication is still the most powerful.

Try to:
Sit back in your chair not on the edge, keeping your posture straight but not stiff,
Keep eye contact whilst talking or being talked to,
Make affirmative movements (simple actions of nodding your head or smiling lets people
know you understand and are engaged)


Try not to:
Cross your arms
Tap your feet or fingers
Look at the ground
Repeatedly touch your face
Regularly check the time


• The Un-prepared – Not knowing the basics about the company you have come to see or giving a presentation that was obviously made up on the train coming down to the interview. Be prepared, look up the company you are interviewing with; have some questions prepared; ensure you have completed any required work beforehand with some thought; relate the job description and brief to your own skills, style and achievements.
• The Rambler – Doesn’t stop talking and as a result you have lost your audience quickly. Listen to each question carefully and deliver your answer in full. Try to keep the answer relevant.
• The Bragger – Tells you how great they are at everything... Whist confidence is important, no one likes a show off.
• The Phone Obsessed – Their mobile phone goes off in the middle of the interview and to makes things worse, they answer it…. You would think this is obvious but your phone should be turned off. It is not acceptable to answer the phone, text or keep looking at it during an interview.
• The Demander – Having a list of expectations and ultimatums in the first interview is bound to tick the ‘No’ box. If you do have points you wish to raise in terms of payment, out of hours communications, holidays etc. bring it up later in the selection process when you have the hiring manager on your side.
Interviews are hard enough at the best of times without adding to them.

My extensive experience of Healthcare Communications Recruitment has allowed me to help many people in all aspects of trying to secure that dream role from writing their CV to accepting an offer and getting the salary they want. Please do get in touch if I can help you.