Have you ever felt undervalued at an interview?

  • Have you been to an interview and been undervalued?
  • Left feeling like you wasted your time?
  • Wondered, “what was that all about?”
  • Knowing that if you were offered the role you would not take it anyway?

Well, you are not alone. I have spoken to many candidates and in numerous cases, their feedback has been one of leaving me amazed – but not in a positive way.

Below is a sample of the feedback I have collated from researching this over the past year (most not from my clients I might add) for you to take a look at.

REAL LIFE FEEDBACK!!                                                                                                                                  

  • “I was made to wait for 20 minutes before I met the interviewer.”
  • “I was not really sold the opportunity by the director, I expected more.”
  • “She had not even read my CV. She knew nothing about me.”
  • “I never heard back from them after the interview.”
  • “They kept looking at their phone, it was really distracting.”
  • “The phone went off and they answered it during the interview.”
  • “It was 100% obvious they had not done any research about me.”
  • “He did not want to be there, you could tell.”
  • “It was like I was ‘lucky to be interviewing for them’.”
  • “I felt that I was getting in the way of their time.”
  • “He simply spoke at me for 50 minutes.”
  • “The questions were a bit weird and not at all relevant to the role.”
  • “I felt that the questioning was very aggressive.”
  • “I did not feel I belonged and I will reject the offer.”
  • “I could not work for her after that.”

These are just a sample of many I have heard over the years.

How dreadful are some of these comments?

My point is this. You may be considering interviewing over the next 12 months. When you do, take into account your “candidate experience”. If you have not been wowed at the “seduction stage”, what will it be like when you get there?

You should expect to be treated professionally during an interview. After all, it is your career and you prepare and attend the interview with a professional approach, so why shouldn’t they?

Can you relate to any of these?

Send me your examples. neo@ice-recruitment.com


About Ice Recruitment Ltd


Neo Pedrithes




Rachel Pedrithes



We both started life in the corporate world.

Prior to Ice Recruitment, Neo was a Sales Director in the IT channel working at Insight, Misco and Kelway. This puts Neo in a unique position to find you the right people for your industry.

Rachel began her career as an internal HR / internal recruiter and consultant at companies including Norman Broadbent, Freshfields Solicitors and Argyle Recruitment. She worked with a number of large blue-chip organisations including Microsoft, Worldcom and UUNet.

Ice Recruitment has gone from strength to strength in the past 10 years working with many companies including Computacenter, Capita & many more.

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