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Red Flags for HR Managers, or What Not to Do in Job Interviews

An HR manager is a professional responsible for personnel recruitment, employee adaptation, and conducting interviews. It is the HR manager who makes decisions regarding the candidate's future. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss mistakes that candidates should avoid if they genuinely want to land a job in the company.

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What Not to Do in an Interview with an HR Manager?

We conducted research by talking to colleagues from the HR department and compiled a checklist of red flags for you.

Lack of preparation

If a candidate knows nothing about the employer or hasn't shown interest in the company's activities, HR may perceive this as a sign of carelessness or even indifference. Therefore, it's unlikely that the candidate will be recommended for further interviews.

Tardiness or canceling the meeting

Certainly, unexpected things can happen, but a responsible person will always inform you about lateness or the cancellation of a business meeting. Therefore, based on this, the HR manager understands how seriously the candidate takes their career and whether it's worth giving them a second chance.

Appearance and interview location

It's not mandatory to wear a suit for an interview; a neat appearance is sufficient, even for an online interview. Also, it's not advisable to conduct a virtual interview in crowded places, as external interference might disrupt the conversation.

Deceptive information

Some candidates think it's better to impress the interviewer with unclear terms to appear professional. However, HR specialists, especially those working in IT companies, are well-versed in terminology and can quickly identify such attempts by the candidate.

Too much information on the CV

A CV is a concise description of your life path and professional abilities. However, it's not necessary to detail school achievements or basic computer skills. It's better to focus on what truly reflects you as a candidate suitable for the position.

Lack of professional communication

Personal questions or inappropriate language during an interview are inappropriate. Transitioning to a casual 'you' without prior agreement also creates a less favorable impression of the candidate.


Interest in the results of the interview is good, but overdoing it is not. Constant calls, especially on weekends and holidays, won't yield positive results.

Vague answers

HR always has an interview plan and a list of mandatory questions to understand the candidate's level of preparation, personal qualities, and career ambitions. Therefore, answers should be clear and concise.

Trying to manipulate

Phrases like 'I need an answer now because I have other offers from different companies' during the first interview look suspicious. An experienced HR professional immediately detects such manipulations.

Displays of passive aggression

It's essential to understand that HR is not an adversary trying to fail the candidate at the first meeting but a partner who can help secure the desired position.

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