There are definite signs and signals that every interviewer will spot to enable them to understand how much the interviewee prepared for the big day. These signs are easy to pick out for interviewers regardless of their level of experience. Here are a few of the things I noticed when interviewing people as a recruitment consultant and as a hiring manager. And if you’re guilty of any of these giveaway signs, you can contact me to talk more about your interview strategy
Occasional Ums and Ahhs
Your answers are not fluent and structured, and in fact, you begin to “um” and “ah” as you deliver your response. This is a big sign that you didn’t prepare and that you are really thinking on your feet. And your body language will be be a big give away because you’ll often have a very pensive look on your face, and your eyes may be inclined to the top left looking to the ceiling which is a sign that you’re trying to trawl your memory for the answer.
You’ll be low on confidence and it’ll show
Your body language is withdrawn and closed, and you don’t appear confident. You probably don’t project your voice, because it’s clear that you’re not confident in what you’re saying. I mentioned in a previous article that confidence is key to your success at interview, so beware of that. Showing a lack of confidence is a big giveaway when it comes to interviewers assessing how well you have prepared.
Long winded and unstructured answers
The best interviewees give structured, clear, and concise answers to questions, and this is a big indicator that they have prepared their answers in advance. If your answer is convoluted and goes off in different directions, not to mention it takes a long time for you to deliver your response, then it’s a clear indicator that you have not prepared properly.
You talk a lot but don’t demonstrate interest..
It’s highly likely that you’re going to get asked questions about the business and the services or products that are on offer. Even if you don’t get asked a direct question, you’ll be expected to deliver information that shows that you’re interested in the business and understand its products and services. If your answers and responses make little or no reference to the business and services, then the interviewer would assume that you don’t know enough information or that you are not engaged with what the business is doing. Again, they’ll draw the conclusion that you have not prepared sufficiently.