Agile Careers

7 Ways to Bomb Your Next Interview

by Scrum Alliance

No matter how much of experience you have in a particular job or field, it is still important to do your homework, be professional, and take the time to understand the culture of the organization advertising an open position. 

So we put together a list of 7 mistakes people make when interviewing. While they may seem like ridiculous exaggerations, they're taken from real interview stories from recruiters and hiring managers.

So without further ado, we bring you 7 sure-fire ways to bomb your next interview:

  1. Prove you are inflexible and resistant to change by demanding a specific interview time and refusing to accommodate a change to the time.
  2. Insist that the interview is nothing more than a formality because your qualifications are exceptional and interacting with people is a waste of time.
  3. Explain to the interviewer that the salary they posted is thirty thousand dollars too low for you, but you figured they would pay you what you’re asking for once they met you.
  4. Make it clear to the interviewers that you don’t respect those you work with by
    • Not bathing for a few days before the interview.
    • Wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sandals.
    • Showing up to the interview drunk.
    • Arriving to the interview a day late.
    • Telling the interviewer that they have terrible communication skills and that they are an idiot.
    • Speaking badly about your previous employers – every single one.
  5. Start the interview by asking what the company does and what role it is you are interviewing for today.
  6. Tell the interviewer that you’re not interested in this opportunity, but have applied for many other positions with the company and wanted to find out why you never received a reply.
  7. When asked at the end of the interview if you have any questions, ask if you can get a leather day timer once you start.

You may not ever plan on doing any of the above, but these real examples represent ideas that you should take with you into any interview situation.

Be flexible. Be personable. Be respectful. Above all, be agile.