If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Everybody in the world has suffered from some degree of nervousness or stress when preparing for an interview for temporary vacancies,
interim jobs or permanent positions. This rings true for both the candidate and the interviewer.

As an interviewer, you want to give off a professional vibe for a candidate that can help your business. As a candidate, you want to be able to let the company know that you are unmistakably the person for the job.

For some candidates, the interview process is just too much. According to a new survey from an independent recruitment company, 15 per cent of candidates have outright blubbed in the middle of an interview. A quarter (26 per cent) of candidates think that researching the person interviewing them was the least important homework and 25 per cent admitted arriving late to a job interview.

45 per cent of candidates believe that researching interview advice before the big event is unnecessary.

However, a few interviewers are just as unprepared for the experience. Arrogance (62 per cent), poor preparation (42 per cent), and irrelevent questions (43 per cent) were noted as some of the most off-putting characteristics of interviewers. In fact, 30 per cent of interviewers have admitted to forgetting the candidate’s name before an interview.
Imagine if you were an interviewer and the candidate you were speaking to forgot the company name – it does not look good. Over a quarter of interviewers have admitted to being unprepared and 19 per cent have mistakenly forgotten about an interview entirely.
Preparation helps to avoid embarrassing errors from both parties. It can’t be helped if a candidate or an interviewer is having an off day – after all, we all have them at some point – but continual mistakes from both sides of the coin make for a painful interview process.

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