While some people think that nailing a job interview is easy, many others would also agree that it’s nerve wracking- and definitely not easy. In fact, many job applicants make the biggest bloopers of their lives during interviews. Unfortunately, some applicants end up getting the dreaded “don’t call us – we’ll call you” too often, without realizing it means, “Forget it.”

Admit it or not, first impressions really do last. The impression that you make on the interviewer could cost you the chance of bagging that job. To make things harder, the interviewer isn’t just scrutinizing the things that you say, a recruiter observes many things during the interview.

Here are the Not-so-Obvious Things a Recruiter Observes during an Interview

 1. He won’t tell you that the wedding or engagement ring you have on your hand may cost you this job.

My engagement ring


One of the things that recruiters and hiring managers notice during job interviews is a person’s ring. If a female interviewee is engaged, they might get married eventually or shortly after getting the job. That would mean going on a vacation leave, and maybe even going on a maternity leave afterwards, which would cost the company in terms of benefits paid.

Interviewers think of these little things ahead of the time. It goes the same way with a married man. Kids and a wife can change a person’s priorities – and that can be used against you.

2. He won’t tell you that he thinks you are too old to work for them.

Most companies think older applicants cannot adapt to new technological developments. Interviewers tell them that they are overqualified but in reality, they think that they are too old to work for a company. And in some cases it’s not just about the technology, it’s about work habits and culture. If the company is full of young fresh graduates, the recruiter may think that older applicant’s won’t blend in with the team.

Older interviewees should thus establish, or even say in passing, their eagerness to learn new technologies and to adapt to the changing world. If you have more tenure in a particular field or perhaps an impressive portfolio of accomplishments, then point that out as well. Plus points for mentioning previous experience leading or managing younger teammates.

3. He won’t tell you that you have so many typo errors on your CV, or that your dress shirt is too wrinkled.

Hiring managers will always look for a reason not to hire you, whether it’s wrong grammar or your poorly ironed trousers. It’s not that their evil, it’s their job!

Typos and wrinkled dress shirts give them the impression that you do pay attention to the small details, and that you don’t turn in polished work. Don’t give them any reason to reject you and make sure that everything is in order – and that includes the clothes that you wear and the smile that you put on your face.

4. He won’t tell you that he prefers to hire somebody who is employed rather than somebody who hasn’t been working for some time.

When an applicant has not been working for quite some time, and comes in for an interview, the hiring manager would typically think, “Why hasn’t that person been working?” This would lead him to conclude that there must be something wrong with the applicant.

Don’t give the interviewer the chance to think such things about you. Answer these unspoken questions before they even think about other reasons to reject your application.

Knowing these things will always work to your advantage during a crucial job interview. By knowing how they think, you can surely turn the tables around and make a very good impression on your interviewer. And with the right communication skills, you’d surely be bagging that next interview.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.