A first impression is so important, especially when trying to land a job but there are plenty of things job seekers do that can really grind the gears of HR managers.
To come up with a list of avoidable mistakes job seekers should know, Business Insider analyzed Reddit user okmann98‘s post, Employers of Reddit, what is a prejudice you hold against the people you interview?” To ensure you don’t miss an opportunity, avoid these mistakes that could essentially cost you the job.
Guilt Tripping: This is never a good idea when you’re interviewing. “Telling me about how badly you need this job because of all the problems you have will get your application thrown in the trash,” says Reddit user pinkiepieisbestpony. Hiring managers don’t want to hear sob stories or feel guilt tripped into offering a candidate a job. In reality this just makes it awkward for both parties and the interviewers are more inclined to toss the resume.
No Work Experience for late graduates: This should be a no brainer, but if you’re an “older” graduate with no real job experience, employers are going to look the other way. Add some internships and other notable employment experiences to your resume.
Bashing employers: Being professional is the best way to be and talking poorly about others is a huge red flag. This ultimately shows that this candidate can struggle with working well with others. Some people won’t hire candidates who talk negatively about past employers so even if it was s tough working environment keep a positive mind and avoid bashing.
Appearance: From body odor to inappropriate dressing, job seekers needs to steer clear of appearance mishaps. To ensure you give off a professional appearance prepare in advance and don’t over do the perfume. Reddit user Marginbuilder isn’t a fan of people who dress inappropriately. He believes, “if you can’t dress appropriately for an interview then you can’t dress appropriately for work.”
Resume Errors: This is one of those tips that’s said over and over again. If you can’t spend the time to proofread, hiring managers won’t take the time to call you. Ensure you resume is clear and error free.
Showing up late: Being late never makes a good first impression. Add extra time to your commute so you get there early and are prepared for the interview time comes.
There are so many little quirks and mistakes that can sway hiring managers one way or another. Be aware of your actions and make sure you keep these avoidable mistakes in mind when interviewing.