How Interviewers Fail

Patti Gilchrist, PMP, is a Senior Technical Manager with more than 20 years of IT experience. Visit her website at

There are numerous articles with tips for prospective candidates on how to avoid failing an interview. But it seems that there should be an equal focus on how companies fail during the interview process. Given today’s fast-paced, high-pressure business environment where companies are continually diligent to gain a competitive market edge through cost reduction, organizations rely on fewer resources to get work done and often cut valuable training programs to reduce costs.

As a result, associates are often constrained for time and additionally lack adequate interview training. Thus, during the interview process, they may act unprofessionally toward interviewees--and perhaps may not even be aware of their behavior or the potential long-term implications of their actions, which ultimately serve to undermine the organization’s competitive advantage.

A bad experience with a company can have long-lasting and perhaps even disastrous implications. Not only do these organizations risk losing the best employees, they risk damaging their reputation as many candidates share their bad experiences on social media. Just as there are many and sometimes subtle ways interviewees fail the interview, the same holds true for companies. Below are just a few ways that companies can make a bad impression with a prospective candidate and jeopardize any prospect of recruiting top …

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