If they have their forehead on the desk and are snoring gently, pick up your papers and leave the room quietly. You didn’t get the job.

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Surely that never happens. Hopefully not but I have spoken to many interviewers whose thoughts have drifted a long way from what the candidate is saying. If it is the interviewers third meeting that day and they’ve just enjoyed more carbs than was wise for lunch it can be difficult to stay awake never mind concentrate on what a candidate has to say.


Most of us can speak roughly 120 words a minute. Surprisingly, perhaps, we can process probably 500. This means that we need to keep anybody interviewing us constantly engaged and with something that’s of interest to them. Not get into a wandering monologue and allow their minds to wander.

What an interviewer wants to hear about is your achievements, how your competences and  skills  have enabled them. They would like to hear how your behaviours and emotions helped you relate to the people that worked around you and how you motivated them.

Often they hear irrelevant or uninteresting facts about the company the interviewee currently or most recently has worked for. They can be delivered in a flat monotone voice without a break as the interviewee desperately tries to recall unnecessary details.

Don’t bother an interviewer with irrelevant and unnecessary detail. If you were to go into a car showroom, to look at a car, and the salesman were to start talking to you about the construction company that built the showroom rather than the benefits of the car you probably wouldn’t be impressed,

Prepare well…

Preparing well for an interview does of course mean doing as much research as you can on the company interviewing you. But equally it also means getting to know the product(YOU) well.

In my next post I will look at one way of maintaining interest in an interview so that you will hopefully be able to leave without rhythmic snoring to bid you farewell.


Who am I? A chap living in Nottingham, United Kingdom who perhaps has a much higher level of enthusiasm than ability leading to an interest in many things but mastery of none. A father of three no longer dependent children, or so they tell me, and husband to a one-time nurse who now works with me (or rather I work for). I attempt to take photographs and occasionally fluke half decent shots though thank goodness I no longer have to buy film. I endeavour to practice karate but with advancing years spend more time instructing them participating but actively participate in the more gentle tai chi. Professionally I have spent the last twenty years in recruitment – not always the most highly regarded ‘industry’. For my part I take great pleasure in helping companies to find the right people and a lot of satisfaction out of seeing them thrive and succeed. More recently I have spent a lot of time helping people who have, or fear they may, lose their jobs. For many putting a CV together is so difficult and then finding opportuniteis can be a major challenge. Interviews can be a different problem altogether but with a little help most people can perform a lot better than they otherwise would.

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