It's natural to worry about saying the wrong thing in a job interview, but bosses should also strive to make a good impression.
A New Zealand-wide survey of more than 250 professionals and 600 hiring managers has revealed the views formed by potential staff during an interview can play a huge part in someone accepting a job.
Conducted by recruitment company Robert Walters, it found almost all respondents used an interview to assess if they wanted to work for the company.
Almost 84 per cent of workers said they would turn down a job offer because of a bad interview experience.
Even more worrying for employers was that 90 per cent would tell others if a potential boss behaved unprofessionally.
Human Resources Institute of New Zealand acting chief executive Brenda Tweedy said she advised workers to turn down a job if they had a bad interview experience, or to at least request an informal meeting to discuss their concerns before accepting.
Some companies had such bad reputations recruitment companies would not advertise who the job was with until a person arrived for an interview, she said.
"Especially in the Wellington market, Wellington is like a village and everyone knows everyone so if it's a bad place to work then word gets around.
"[Interviewers] reflect the culture of the organisation, if they've got people who are not well-versed at interviewing it can have a detrimental impact on an organisation."
Robert Walters Auckland director James Dalrymple said every organisation needed to be aware of the damage it could do to its brand by negative interviewing practices.
"It's import for an organisation to be conscious of that, we're aware of specific clients or hiring managers that have a reputation for conducting interviews unprofessionally and that sort of reputation can get out into the market."
Some larger companies tended to rely on an expectation the organisation's public profile would attract staff rather than convincing them during an interview.
As the employment market picked up skilled workers could be more picky, especially with in-demand roles such as IT.
Companies needed to paint an accurate picture about the culture and lifestyle of the organisation, as well as asking what a candidate was looking for from the position.
Another mistake companies needed to avoid was coming across in an interview as being prejudiced to areas such as sex, age, ethnicity and cultural background, Mr Dalrymple said.
HOW TO TURN AN INTERVIEW INTO A TRAINWRECK
Give a blank stare if asked if you have any questions about the company
Say "I don't have any weaknesses"
Look at your CV during the interview. It's a sign of nervousness or that it's fake
Ask "what's in it for me" questions. Save it for the call-back
Tell your prospective new employer your previous boss was a jerk.
Expect that someone wants to work for you no matter what
Act as if they have no chance in the job. You might know it, but they probably don't
Ask questions about someone's age, ethnicity or family situation
Lie about company culture and what the role entails
Ask a candidate to sing, dance or out on a date (it's happened before).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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