According to a study by Career Sidekick, the beginning of the year is the best time of year to look for a new job.
But in 2017, actually landing that job is perhaps harder than ever. That’s why we decided to lock Mamamia’s HR advisor, Nicolle Stuart, in a small room and harass her about the art of nailing a job interview.
We’ve all been given official warnings, but it was so worth it.
Here’s what Nicolle had to say on this week’s episode of Mamamia Out Loud. Post continues below.
We wanted to know the worst things Nicolle had heard in a job interview, from bad questions to awkward confessions. Here are the top four.
1. “When will I get promoted?”
When it comes to asking questions at the end of a job interview, Nicolle says you should always have one prepared. Her advice is to use your question to demonstrate how much you know about the business, and how eager you are to solve problems.
But one of the worst questions she’s come across interviewing applicants is; “So, when will I get promoted?”
“The interviewer will just think that you’re basically want to jump to the next opportunity before you actually master the job you’re in,” she says.
With such enormous resources going into training people, “you want someone who wants to be there, and in that job for at least 18 months.”
According to Nicolle, Millennials are the worst culprits. "They actually do that on their first day of the job," she says.
Another faux pas is eagerly inquiring "What does that team do? That team sounds really interesting." When Nicolle hears this, she begins to worry that the applicant isn't focused enough on the specific role they're applying for, and are using it as a springboard to pursue something else as quickly as possible.
Instead, she advises an interviewee ask; "Are there opportunities here for me to progress?" After all, progression isn't always a promotion. It shows you're driven and ambitious, but not distracted from the task at hand.
2. "Why did the person before me leave?"
This question is a waste of time, and Nicolle explains that it puts your interviewer in a really awkward situation.