One Mile Rule

With Aimee Bateman

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One Mile Rule


Just because you've left the interview doesn't mean you're not being watched. The interview is still going on. From the way you speak with the guy on reception to the way you act in the lift, the first impression you give to potential colleagues can make or break your chances of being asked back. 

Aimee shares with you the small - but fundamental things - that can impact your chances at interview. Based on years of being a recruiter, she shares with you her insider knowledge and reasons why some people are not invited back for a second interview. 

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Hi, my name is Aimee Bateman, career coach and founder of Careercake. And in this video, I'm going to give you some interview advice and it's actually something that I like to call the One Mile Rule.

Now a few years ago I was interviewing somebody to head up the team that I looked after, so somebody really positive, that could bring the best out of my guys. I thought I'd found the person. I had an interview and I loved her. She was answering all the right questions, full of positivity, had to stop myself from offering her the job there and then in the interview; secretly wanted to be her best friends and go for lunch with her every Friday.

But I thought, “No, don't be too keen, Aimes. Offer her the job this afternoon (but) give it at least an hour (before you do)". So I stopped myself, walked her back to the reception desk, back out into the car park and I just said small chit chat, didn’t really think anything of it, just making conversation – “So what have you got planned for the rest of the day?” And she rolled her eyes, huffed, shrugged her shoulders and just went, “Oh, I've got a really boring team strategy meeting today to go to”. And I just remember thinking, “I'm sorry - What?” because the person that just spend an hour telling me how she loves team strategy meetings and you're going to have to do quite a lot of team strategy meetings here.

And she was just a bit negative really and I just thought, “Oh no, is this who you are? Were you kind of faking it in the interview room? And now we're out of the interview in the interview is over. Is this who you are?” I didn't offer her the job. I was a little bit nervous. I didn't want to take the risk. I didn't even want to bring her back for a second interview. It just, kind of, put a bad taste in my mouth really. So I gave her the feedback. She did actually lose her mind a little bit with me on the phone when I explained why I hadn't given her the job, which kind of made me think that I might have made the right decision in the first place, but that's another story. I didn't want to take the risk that I was going to be bringing somebody into a really wonderful team that I adored, so I left it there.

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