10 things you should never ever do in a digital job interview
Are you looking for a job in digital marketing? Wondered what
mistakes people have made previousy that you want to avoid. Maybe
it is your first step into the sector or you are taking a step up
the career ladder on your way to being the next agency head or
marketing director? Take this advice on board from us; it may just
help you get there a little easier than some. Most of these are
from experience across our team at interviews or pre screening with
- Just don't turn up not having a Facebook, Twitter AND Linked In
Account! You're entering the world of digital; just make sure
you're actually involved in it, not stuck in the 90's!
- Still describing PPC marketing as paperclips. Asking "What's
all this Google paperclip strategy about?" will get you to one
place - the front door, fast.
- Having a bizarrely named email account which is the one you set
up at college and having it at the top of your CV in the interview
won't help your maturing status. Iamalooser@hotmail.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
won't impress many.
- Speaking to the interviewee like they are one of your mates and
dressing like you're about to hang out at the local diner isn't
great either. Be confident, drop the street speak, don't chew gum
and definitely don't turn up without a suit on (ever ever.)
- Always let your personality come out, but in little bits and at
the right time. You may be the alpha male or leader of the gang,
but we all have to start somewhere. Grilling the interviewee on
their career progression and recommending how they should progress
means no job.
- A ringing phone, twitter alert from Skysports.com, text message
from your mum wishing you good luck, or a Facebook alert won't go
down that well.
- Never be late. Just pretend the interview is an hour earlier
than it is and get a coffee. But not a beer, no alcohol before the
interview or you'll just make the interviewer jealous.
- BO, damp clothes, previously damp clothes, ripped clothes, no
clothes, oversized clothes, a tie that you wouldn't wear in a black
out, a beard that hasn't quite grown enough, make up in the wrong
facial parts and a stare that would burn holes all are big no
- Winking. Never do it.
- Sitting down before the interviewers have sat down, assess and
make your own call.
For interview help and advice contact us and we'll gladly go
through things with you. We accept queries from clients and
candidates alike. Just pick up the phone -0161 833 1044. Good luck
Thank you to The Candidate, particularly Natasha, who helped me
to quickly find the role I was looking for. Natasha was very prompt
in finding out exactly what sector interested me and finding my key
strengths which would suit the roles I was applying for. Natasha
helped me throughout the whole process, from my application, to
interview tips and even a good luck call on the day of my
interviews. From start to finish applying and securing the perfect
role was made so much easier thanks to Natasha and the rest of the
team at The Candidate. I've now started at a top agency as an
Organic Performance Executive and I'm thoroughly enjoying my role
and love the team I'm now a part of.
Alex, Organic Performance Executive, March 2014