CV Tools, Interviews

Common Interview and CV Mistakes

As well as the basics of what you can do to give yourself the edge in your job hunt, it can also be helpful to look at what not to do.

We all know the obvious mistakes to watch out for – spelling mistakes on your CV or incorrect contact details, for example.

But what are some other things to avoid – the common errors that can be easily fixed, as well as the more unusual mistakes to look out for?

Watch the video below to find out.



Your CV is Just the Start

There’s no doubting the importance of your CV when you are looking for a new job. But simply submitting it and getting to the interview process is only the start of the modern job seeking system. Here’s a look at some of the other situations and processes you might need to deal with in order to get that role.

Screening interviews

If the job is for a big company or there are lots of candidates, then the company may use a screening interview to lessen the numbers. These typically involve determining if you have the qualifications and experience for the job in a little more depth than is featured on a CV. It might also look at background checks and even involve a DBS check beforehand to look at your criminal record.

Screening interviews tend to focus on things like telling the interviewer about yourself, your work history and specific skill based questions. It may also look at things like what your salary requirements are and why you are interested in the job.

Employment verification and reference checks

If there isn’t a screening interview, there will likely be some checks before you reach a formal interview. These are often known as employment verification and reference checks as they will involve speaking to past employers and people you have listed as references on your CV.

If DBS checks or other background checks haven’t already been done, this is where they are likely to be confused. It might look into your credit history and confirm that you have the right to work in the UK. If there are any questions about CRB checks or other background information, this will all be handled before any interview is scheduled.

Phone interviews

An alternative to screening interviews are phone interviews, where you will chat with the interviewer over the phone. They may even use something like Skype for the face to face element without being in person and is a popular option if you are travelling any distance for the job. You may have the call pre-scheduled which allows you time to prepare or the employer may be sneaky and just give you a call – so do a little preparation beforehand to be safe.


Role play interviews

Another new addition to the interview repertoire is the role play interview. This is a way for the interviewer to see how you deal with situations and usually involves a short preparation before entering into the situation. These will usually revolve around real world situations that you might face in your role so might be dealing with a customer complaint for a retail job or handling a disruptive client. It might even involve approaching marketing a new company or planning a website design.

Dinner job interviews

Not all interviews are in very formal situations – some can take place over a meal. Don’t be fooled into thinking this isn’t a serious interview however as all the normal interview rules apply. The idea of these types of interviews is to see how people respond in different situations and view their interpersonal skills, even their table manners! So, brush up on your etiquette for dining before the meal as well as your interview skills.