Even after 26 years, I'm still surprised by the things that people think are appropriate to do when they are going to a job interview. It's been one of those weeks...
Monday 3rd July, 11.30am - Call from HRBP with interview feedback for a Commercial Lawyer position...
“Heather, things were going very well until mid-way through the interview when the candidate (a male, being interviewed two females), deemed it appropriate to start flirting with us both! He may have thought he was ‘rapport building’, however his line in conversation, his winking and body language made us both feel extremely uncomfortable. We won’t be taking this any further...”
Wednesday 5th July, midday - Interview preparation with a Paralegal...
Just had a very uncomfortable conversation with a paralegal going on an interview for his ‘dream’ job to explain that his ‘white shirt’ looked like it hadn’t been washed for the best part of a month. It was closer to grey and that the stain on his tie didn’t really ‘sell’ him in the best light either.
Thursday 6th July, 10.30am - Interview preparation with a Contract Lawyer
“I am going to leave the meeting room now, however I'll leave the Wells Tobias resident shoe shine block on the table. I think it might be best to use it before you head off for your interview...”
Candidates ask me on a weekly basis what they need to do to land their dream job. Alongside doing the in-depth research on the firm or company they are going to see, along with being prepared to answer questions about their experience and competencies, it is often the simple things that are missed, things that to a client make a massive difference! The shirt doesn’t need to be Versace, it just needs to be clean and ironed. The shoes don’t need to be Louboutins, they just need to be clean and polished and if you are thinking of flirting… just don’t! Remember this phrase ... clean shoes, clean shirt, don’t flirt!
Legal Director, Wells Tobias