Interviewing for a job is a tough, long process. And when you finally develop a rapport with a recruiter only to hear they went a different direction (or even worse, you get the “no call at all” thing), its hard not to get down.
How can you avoid this frustrating scenario?
Truth is, sometimes you can’t. However, there are self-inflicted job interview mistakes you can avoid along the way. And not just little mistakes… in the eyes of recruiters, these errors effectively remove you from consideration as a top candidate. Here are six such errors:
Not Showing Enthusiasm for THIS Role
Have your morning cup of coffee and your notepad. Take notes & listen. Remember they are taking time out of their day to talk to you. Ask the kind of questions you can’t find the answers to on Google. Most important, show the recruiter a high level of respect by genuinely being interested in the role the interview is talking to you about today.
Coming Across Abrasive or Overconfident
Recruiters truly don’t care how great awesome you are. We are looking for culture fit. We are looking at a lot of intangibles. If you come across abrasive and the know it all, it is a huge turnoff! It is okay to show what you know, but don’t do it in a way that comes across as someone that would have difficulty working with others. Be humble.
Not Being Able to Perform the Skills on Your Resume
Don’t say you can program and code Java on your resume if you can’t! Don’t say you have been in outside sales for 15 years when you have gone on 3 meetings with an outside sales person and you are an truly an inside sales person. There are now “sourcers” in recruiting for this exact reason. We’ll know.
Pricing Yourself Out of the Market
Everyone has an idea of what they would like to make. Trouble is: sometimes what we want has nothing to do with market realities. Don’t say you want 20k more than what Salary.com or Glassdoor says you should expect. Those kind of demands are likely way out of the employer’s budget, you won’t get called back.
Saying things like “I will only telecommute” or “I don’t want to do that part of the job ever” shows that you won’t be a very good employee. Don’t compromise your ethics, and stick to your career plan including the kind of culture that will work best for you, of course. But prove to be a prima donna, and the offer will go to someone else.
Being Unable To Explain Employment Gaps
Let’s face it. There are layoffs, there is downsizing, and sometimes you just aren’t a great fit. Or maybe it is taking a little longer than you imagined to find work after graduation. Maintain relationships with former colleagues, mentors. Stay active through volunteering and self-learning. If you can’t explain what you’ve been doing all these months, you’re in trouble.
Getting a job interview is half the battle. The other half is getting to the second round of interviews and progressing through the process. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot. Keep yourself in consideration… by avoiding these all-too-common job interview mistakes.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at BullsEye Recruiting!
About the Author: Will Thomson lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Rosetta Stone as the Global Sales and Marketing Recruiter. He has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years. He received his undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and his Master’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has recruited some of the most sought-after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. He is the founder of Bulls Eye Recruiting and has also written for Blogging4Jobs, ERE, Recruiting Blogs,Work 4 Labs and Social-Hire. Find him on Twitter @WillRecruits