How I Can Tell You’re Not Prepared

By on March 18, 2013

I’m a huge proponent of preparing for an interview. I advocate researching the perspective company, creating a set questions, and, if possible, connecting with the recruiter via LinkedIn prior to the interview. Nevertheless, there will still be those individuals who choose to “wing it,” and go into the situation unprepared. As a recruiter, I can easily tell when a candidate has not properly prepared for the interview. Here’s how:

You Can’t Explain Why You Want to Work Here

It starts with the explanation of why you want to work for the company. I typically ask this question when interviewing candidates for Hyatt’s college programs.  Although responses vary, basic answers such as, “I’ve stayed in Hyatt Hotels as a child,” and “You’re a hotel company, a leader in the industry.” is an instant giveaway.  Also if your response focuses solely on information from a recent press release, then I will likely assume that you did a simple search and honed in on the first link that came up on Google.

If you cannot properly explain or elaborate on why you want to work for the company, your recruiter may doubt your intentions and question how seriously you take your career search.

You Ask Poor Questions

I am sure there is a sense of relief once you get to the Q& A portion of an interview, but this is not the time to relax. In fact, you should be more alert than ever. The quality of the questions you ask at the conclusion of the interview will indicate your level of preparation, and whether you leave the recruiter with a favorable impression. If you have trouble coming up with questions to ask, or do not ask any questions at all, I will likely feel that you are unprepared and are not serious about pursuing a career with our company.

You’re Late

Lastly, if you show up to the interview late or appear tired/disheveled, the recruiter will assume that you have poor time management skills. I certainly will.

Remember, it is important as a candidate to:

  • Be ready for an interview by articulating the specific reasons why you want to join an organization.
  • Be knowledgeable about the company. Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge and reflect that you have done research.
  • Be a few minutes early for the interview, ensure that you are well-rested, and, most importantly, PREPARED.


About Ronisha

One of Hyatt's Regional Talent Acquisition Managers, Ronisha recruits for Hyatt's College Programs and supports our full-service locations within the East Coast and Midwestern regions of the United States. A lover of all things "social", you can follow her on Twitter at @ronishagoodwin