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The Interview – What Not To Do!

Here at Express, we interview new associates every single day. Most of these candidates are great throughout the whole process, but there are a few who don’t seem to know that their actions during the interview are the reason they don’t get hired. Check out this list of real life mistakes made all too often during the interview.


On more than one occasion, new applicants have tried to “sweet talk” our consultants. Most people would instinctively know that flirting is definitely not the best way to get the job. If you’re interviewing for a job, flirting with the interviewer will get you nowhere. What you may see as innocent banter, often comes across as creepy and harassment. We’re here to put you to work, not find dates. The fact that we work with you means it would be ethically wrong for us to date anyone we interview, so it’s the furthest thing from our mind. When someone starts to flirt, the interview is over at that point to us. If you can’t be professional for the 20 minutes it takes to go through an interview, how could we trust you to be professional on an assignment?

Being Filthy

This is one of the biggest problems we run across in the office. People will come in and apply, and when they come back for an interview, a cloud of filth and stench follows them to our desks. Dressing for the job is one thing, but if you can’t take the time to bathe before coming in to apply for a job, how do you expect us to be able to focus on your interview? Taking care of yourself shows that you care about how your job search is going. Being clean is an easy step towards getting hired. If you’re smelly and covered in dirty clothes, we’ll see that you don’t care about how your job search is going and must be going through the motions. Taking the time to shower and put on clean clothes makes a huge difference in the way we see you.

Being Vague

During the interview, we ask you questions to get a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses. We want to put you in a job you’re going to be happy and productive doing. If we ask you a question, give us a thorough answer. Telling us that you don’t care what job we put you in or “it doesn’t matter, I just want to work” gives us absolutely nothing to work with. Knowing that you can “do anything” doesn’t help us find out what you’re best at, it’s just frustrating. We want to know detailed answers to our questions so we can put you in the best job to succeed. Giving us vague answers is asking us to put on a blindfold and throw darts at the job board.