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Bosses Reveal Common Things Applicants Do That Lead To Instant Rejections
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Jul 2019
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Reminding yourself to stay calm ahead of a job interview can have little effect, as it can be difficult to have complete control over your composure when your nerves are high.
Perhaps it’d be more effective to know what not to do at an interview. Recently, employers were asked on Reddit about the “small” things candidates often do that instantly make them say no.
Some answers seem straightforward. Correspondences with unchecked grammar, for instance, often get turned down because they imply how serious an applicant might be about getting a job.
What might surprise some, though, is that the “right” answers aren’t always the right answers. Specifically, hirers can tell if you’re turning to Google for responses.
Check out some seemingly normal behaviors from job searchers that aren’t that appealing to employers. Were you guilty of these in the past?
Googling for interview answers
Have quick fingers? Employers can still tell if you’re running a search for model answers during a phone or Skype interview when you hem and haw, only to produce a textbook answer.
Ignoring someone to talk to the person with seemingly more power
Some candidates dismiss interviewers to speak only to whomever they believe has the most power in the room. This behavior might make a person come across as disrespectful or disingenuous, with one employer succinctly describing, “Yeah, no. I don’t want to work with a guy who has no respect for me.”
Showing up late but still not taking responsibility for it
Being late might already leave you with a yellow card, but what’s worse is failing to address or apologize for it, hoping that a potential boss might not notice you arrived a little behind time. You can, in fact, turn things around by addressing your lateness, which could show you have accountability.
Speaking ill of employers
Pointing the finger at former bosses not only builds distrust, but also shows a lack of self-awareness. One employer recalls an extreme case when an applicant explained why he had seven jobs in a span of two years: “All those guys were assholes, man.”
In a similar vein, acting more superior than the interviewer is a recipe for failure. An employer might be fully open to new ideas, but he or she will only be receptive when you’ve proven that your opinion can be trusted. “For me, that trust is going to grow over months of you proving yourself, not an interview where you’re implying I’m an idiot,” one boss points out.
Not proofreading your emails
Before you send out an email to a potential employer, check your grammar and punctuation, then check it again, since you might deliver a similar message to another company. Subpar grammar sticks out like a sore thumb to many hirers, as it could make you appear less meticulous than the next candidate.
Of course, shorthand should also only be reserved for social media and friends.
Focusing on experience but less on attitude
Believe it or not, a candidate with years of experience might be turned down for someone else who’s new to the industry. This is because people with affable personalities are more coachable and pleasant to work with.
“I’ll usually hire someone who is coachable and has a great attitude over someone who might have more experience but doesn’t get along well with others,” one employer comments.
The dream employee isn’t just someone with a stack of paper qualifications, but also a person who doesn’t hide behind a mask when corresponding with a future employer. You can head here for more tips on how to increase your chances of nailing a job interview.
[via BuzzFeed, images via various sources]
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