The biggest downfall of candidates at interview stage

If you’re ever invited to a networking event or even just get the opportunity to speak to an employer, make sure you get as much out of them as reasonably possible. It’s always useful to find out from actual employers themselves what they would like to see during interviews and also what they do not like. On an employer visit to the new FDM office in London, I wanted to find out what the biggest downfall of candidates at interview stage was, and these are some of the things that were highlighted:

Common mistakes during an interview

–          Candidates being unable to demonstrate the transferable skills they could bring to a career in IT

–          Candidates not researching the company extensively enough

–          At assessment day, many candidates pass interview stage but fail to achieve the required pass mark on the technical tests showing that they perhaps haven’t put in enough practice (Practice maths questions and logic tests to prepare).

–          Candidates lacking professionalism and enthusiasm

Demonstrating interest in the relevant field

I also wanted to find out in what ways candidates could show that they have a particular interest in the relevant field, especially if they had not studied a technological degree. This was the response:

–          Being able to demonstrate knowledge of the IT sector, new technological products and things going on in current IT news

–          Developing IT skills outside of university i.e. learning programming

–          Creating links between the IT skills developed during your studies to a career in IT

The things mentioned here are things that can be applied to pretty much any industry! Most, if not all employers want to see that you have transferable skills and also that you can be professional and enthusiastic.

If you would like to talk to someone in more detail about interviews and anything else to do with recruitment processes, you can book an appointment to speak to one of our careers consultants to find out more!


Novlet Levy

Careers Information Assistant, QM Careers and Enterprise Centre

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