It’s a tough job market out there, and trying to get noticed and remembered may seem a daunting task. Recruiters and job interviewers seldom give feedback to those who don’t make the grade. Here’s what you need to know.
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1. Pushy Behavior Is Annoying
After an interview, a thank-you note is appropriate; it shows you have class and good manners. However, emailing or calling the recruiter every day or every other day just to “check in” may ensure you are checked out of the possibility of a job. If you can’t resist following up, make sure you have a relevant question about the position or company. You need a better reason to call than “just a follow-up.”
Send a thank-you note to those who interview you one or two days after the interview.
2. Cocky Is Not Cute
Don’t get cocky. You may be the best applicant for the job, but don’t act like you know it.
Confidence is a good thing; be confident in yourself and your past achievements. But remember that you do not have the job yet, and as much as you may already know about the field, you certainly do not know more about the job than the recruiter or the interviewer.
When a recruiter or interviewer is giving you information about the job, listen quietly; just take it in. Don’t try to impress them with how much you already know. Ask questions. Most likely, they will appreciate how well you listen and your pertinent questions that demonstrate an interest in what they are saying.
3. Don’t Appear Greedy
We work because we need to make money to support ourselves and our families. Don’t bring up money in the first interview. Talk about the job.
Yes, it is good to have an idea of what you are worth and be prepared to negotiate a salary offer. But launching into money too soon, or asking for a much higher salary than was offered makes you look like you are only in it for the money, and this is a red flag. Recruiters and employers are looking for people who are passionate about the work. It is a given that any job applicant is there to make money.
4. Know Your Experience
If you stumble while talking about your job and educational experiences, this raises a red flag in the eyes of recruiters and interviewers. Really, you should know your own resume like the back of your hand. If you don’t know your own background, it makes you look dishonest. Honesty matters, and if you embellished your resume it will show when you stumble over questions about your own education and experience.
First, be honest. Second, practice answering questions about your education, experience, and background.
5. Bad Hygiene Is Bad
This one may seem obvious, but no recruiter or interviewer will tell you that poor hygiene or inappropriate dress is why you didn’t get the job. Take care of yourself; make sure you are clean, neat, and pop a breath mint before the interview. If you have more than one interview, don’t get too comfortable the second time around.
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