It's quite possibly one of the most nerve-wracking experiences we all go through: job interviews. While there's nothing that can beat the feeling of being offered a job, the process to get there can be long work. 

And being told you haven't got the role after numerous rounds can be disheartening. So, we approached Samantha Miskin, Talent Acquisition Manager at Hearst Magazines, to find out what makes interviewers decide whether to give you a great large tick or a big fat cross. 'For me, one of the biggest mistakes is not doing your research into both the company and the role itself,' says Samantha.​

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'The candidate is applying for the role and it is essential that they do their research and says a lot about them and how they will be when they join the company.'

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So regardless of whether your interview slot comes up at the last-minute, it's essential to enter the conversation having done your homework first.

Samantha shares her dos and don'ts for interview success:

  • 'Lack of preparation in general is a big mistake – people should carefully read a job spec and consider why they are a strong candidate for the role. They should prepare to answer for any competency questions that might be asked. For example, "give an example of a time you worked successfully as part of a team."'
  • 'Not asking questions at the end can be a mistake, however, the interviewer may do a very good job at covering all aspects of the role and provide a lot of information about the company. However, I would always have a couple of back up questions prepared if this is the case. Perhaps asking the interviewer what they enjoy about their role or what is expected of the chosen candidate in their first six months. Good questions are a great indicator that the candidate has done their research and that they have a strong understanding of what is required in the role.'
  • 'Another big mistake relates to etiquette. Things such as turning up in good time (trains do get delayed, but if that's the case you should call beforehand and/or apologise if you're late), having a good hand shake and thanking the interviewer for their time will make a big difference.'

What do you think?