9 Ways to Ensure You Don't Get the Job
Hiring managers share simple ways to make a terrible impression in a job interview.
by Larry Buhl, for Yahoo! HotJobs
Different jobs require different qualities in an employee--so what a hiring manager is looking for will vary from interview to interview . But there are some behaviors that decision-makers agree are especially annoying. We asked several hiring managers for their interviewee pet peeves--and for their take on what a job applicant can do to get his or her resume tossed into the recycling bin.
If you're looking for a job , be warned.
Send a follow-up "thx 4 mtg" text message.
Peggy Rosenblatt, senior vice president for AKRF, Inc., an environmental planning and engineering consulting firm, is less forgiving. "If I don't get a well-written thank-you note as a follow up, they're out."
Spam your resume.
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Ask, "What does your company do?"
Bring the family.
A hiring manager at a Florida hospital adds that bringing a spouse or parent to the interview--or letting a loved one negotiate your salary and benefits for you--is one way to ensure you'll get no salary and benefits.
Use your cell phone in the meeting.
John M. O'Connor, president of Career Pro Inc., adds that even using electronics in the waiting room can reflect negatively. "Executive assistants often tell the boss everything, and if they see you constantly using your PDA, it may give the impression that you're unfocused or easily distracted."
Don't smile. Or laugh too much. Or cry.
On the other hand, Frank Papa, operating partner at H.I.G. Capital in North Carolina, warns against undue giddiness. "When a candidate laughs all the time ... it says they are trying too hard to be accepted and be liked."
Then again, laughter may be better than tears. "I hate interviewing someone who is so nervous they cannot answer the questions and then break down and cry," says Isabella Tagore, a recruiting consultant based in southern California.
Come with your own beverages.
(Want to find out how to recover from an interview gone wrong? Read " After the Recruiter Says No.")
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