Job-hunting is not an easy thing to do; with stiff competition and vaguely interesting-sounding cover letters to contend with, it's an achievement even getting to interview stage. But when you do, you'll want to make sure you don't let yourself down with the little things.
Luckily, Reddit is on hand to help. In a thread addressed to hiring managers, employers are asked what "red flags" they look out for when assessing potential hires. And we're going to make sure every single one of them is duly noted:
1. Don't be late
"If someone shows up late for an interview with no excuse and no effort made to let me know they were running behind I tell them I am no longer interested in interviewing them."
2. Don't come across disinterested
"I interviewed a girl a while back for a part time position and she raised pretty much every red flag. She pulled her phone out during the interview and complained that the interview was taking too long."
3. Follow instructions
Inability to follow. fucking. directions.
"I put ads on all the main job posting sites and the last line said, 'Please attach your resume and cover letter as a PDF.'
"I got hundreds of applications - turns out entry level marketing jobs in a major city are pretty popular. Wanna know how many people included both a resume and cover letter as a PDF? About 20. It really made me wonder why the hell it took me so long to find a job after college."
4. Don't portray yourself as having a bad attitude
"I interviewed one guy and I swear all of his answers somehow involved defying authority.
'Will you tell me about a time you had too much work to do and how did you handle it?'
'Well one time my boss told me to stop helping out other departments before I got all my work done and I told him that I would help out people as I saw fit and if he didn't like it... '
5. Don't lie on your CV and then fail to back it up
"Don't say you have excellent communication skills and have spelling and grammar errors and then in the interview give brief non-responsive answers, or just go on and on."
6. Make sure you've got a professional email address
"Years ago me and my coworker at a past job had to do some interviews. Another coworker had had his friend apply and he came in for an interview.
"Him wearing jeans and a t-shirt was a bit unprofessional even for a retail job position. But the real red flag was his email address... DANKWAGON420. We were laughing so hard when we looked over the application and came across that. Needless to say he didn't get hired."
7. Don't make out that you're perfect
"Acting like you're a perfect person who never has problems with anything. If I ask you how you would solve a problem and you tell me that you've never had an issue with that and never will, I'm going to think you're a liar."
8. Don't forget to have your own questions
"When they don't research the company or have questions to ask about the position."
"Just say something along the lines of 'I did a bit if research into the position and/or company ... it seems the like jobs day to day entails this/that/the other ... is that correct?'
"It shows you've done the research, are proactive and it may help clear up something about the position that you didn't foresee."
9. Don't arrive looking scruffy
"Dress as nice as you can on the interview. I'm not looking for a suit and tie, but I remember a kid coming to an interview. He came to the Service Desk and told them he was here. They told him to go to the back of the store. He went in the opposite direction and found me finishing with another employee.
"I told him I wasn't going to interview him. When he asked why, I told him I didn't think he was ready to interview. I explained he should have taken off his baseball hat that he was wearing crooked and had a big pot leaf on it. He was wearing a t-shirt that said "I love Hot Moms," had on 2 different colored shoes that weren't tied, and was wearing jeans so ripped that I could see his boxers
10. Don't avoid the question
"When they try to twist the 'What is your biggest weakness?' question into another opportunity to praise themselves by giving bullshit answers like, 'I'm a perfectionist' or 'I care too much about my work'."
11. Don't let your nerves take over
"There is a difference between someone who is just nervous during an interview, which I usually find appealing because it means they really want the job, and someone who is too anxious.
"I always prefer to work with people who can roll with the punches and relax enough to listen to what people are telling them and think about it. It's hard to work with someone who doesn't listen and is always jumping ahead before you finish, and exhausting dealing with someone who is anxious about too many little things and can't take criticism."
12. Don't slag off your last job
"When they complain about their past management too much. All that tells me as the person who may or not hire them, is that they could be a problem for me. I will not hire you if you complain about your past management too much."
Via: Cosmopolitan UK