What are the most common interview slip-ups/errors you’ve noticed applicants make?

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Gemma Trott (Graduate Recruitment Officer) - Ashurst Gemma Trott (Graduate Recruitment Officer) - Ashurst

"During interviews, both for vacation schemes and training contracts, the main error that candidates can make is failing to answer the actual question that the interviewer has asked. Candidates will often have prepared and rehearsed answers that they wish to recite to the interviewer.

We fully appreciate that candidates want to tell us what they know, however, this approach makes it sound as though they are giving generic answers rather than building a rapport with the interviewer. The interviewer wants to get to know the real you and so remember to take a moment to digest the question that has been asked, and to link your knowledge and experience to fully answer this – do not go off on a tangent."


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