In this essay we will present 10 gaffes ( behavioural goof ups) that ensures that you will will never again be contacted by your prospective employer. All those months of CV/resume building, practicing speeches in front of the mirror, will go down the drain, if you commit these glaring mistakes in front of your recruiter. Commit one of these silly mistakes and you should probably be wary of receiving a positive response from your recruiter. Commit more of these mistakes, you can be sure that your card and contact details goes straight to the waste paper basket!
Showing Up Late : Not being punctual is considered a cardinal sin in the corporate world. If you show up late this makes a very negative initial impression on the viewer. First impression actually matters a lot in the interviews, as your recruiter does not probably know you beforehand, will have zero parameters to judge you on. Punctuality is one of the hallmarks of a professional. Respect for schedule for other’s time is a non negotiable quality. Therefore even when you are just five minutes late for the interview, you have already made a very negative impression on your interviewer.
Being Uninformed : If you neglect conducting the basic research about the company you are applying to, you appear like an uninformed fool in front of your interviewer. One of the very first question your interviewer will ask is why you want to apply to this job, or why you want to join this particular company? The recruiter wants to know a.) Whether you have done some basic research about the kind of products/service the company specializes in, b.) Whether you are familiar with the company requirements and culture c.) Whether what the company has to offer aligns with your qualifications and career goals/if you are perfect for the job you seek. If you stutter, scratch your head, fail to give coherent, concrete answer to these questions the odds of a successful interview is non existent. If you commit similar gaffes like mispronouncing the company’s name you will gain no favours.
Not Asking Questions : Recruiters like bright and inquisitive relevant questions from prospective employees. Questions like company goals, working culture, employee benefits etc are some questions employees should not hesitate to ask. This shows that you are enthusiastic about the job. Not asking any questions can easily be misinterpreted as lack of interest in the offered position
Being Sloppy/Untidy : Nothing screams ‘’unprofessional’’ as untied shoelace, loosened tie, stained clothes etc. In many ways a job interview is much like a date. If you are showing up for a first time date , sloppy appearance will immediately leave a bad impression on your date. Sloppy attire indicates a dysfunctional individual who cannot take care of themselves.
Bringing Up Money Factor Way Too Soon : Although good salary is a necessity for all professionals, the recruiters find blunt questions about compensation, benefits and perks distasteful. A job interview is actually not what you can benefit from the company, but how you can help the company achieve their short term as well as long term goals. This does not mean that you forego the topic of compensation entirely. If the company/firm is known for being employee friendly, helping workers to develop professionally and rewards motivated high achieving employees, you will be addressing your prime concern – salary without coming across as obnoxious.
Badmouthing Former Employer/Co Workers : According to a popular survey, recruiters are wary of candidates who whine/complain and provide negative feedback of their former employer/colleagues. These candidates are often considered as potentially toxic employees and not contacted. Blaming your boss/co worker in an interview will never go down well, as you will be seen as untrustworthy gossip with sub par interpersonal skills. This is the kind of person every company abhors working with.
Neglecting to send a Thank You Note : Sending a thank you note to the interviewer after the interview had been concluded is basic etiquette. Thanking your prospective employer for the time and effort is a noticeable example of your social skills. No matter how fast paced world we live in basic politeness and courtesy will never go out of fashion.