Ten Ways Job-Seekers Kill Their Chances
Via Forbes : I hate to hear stories about horrendous treatment of job-seekers at the hands of employers. It’s not only rude and unprofessional to treat job applicants badly, but it’s bad business, too.
I wish Boards of Directors were up in the arms about the way their organizations destroy their brands by treating job-seekers badly. It’s a disgrace.
At the same time, it’s sad and discouraging to see job-seekers blow their own chances at getting a good job by behaving unprofessionally on the job search trail. The fact that too many employers mistreat job-seekers doesn’t make it less tragic when a job applicant behaves badly.
Here are ten things job-seekers do that ruin their chances at getting a good job. Job-hunting is hard enough; why make it any harder than it has to be?
10 Unfortunate Things Job-Seekers Do
1. They confirm an interview date, miss the interview, are rescheduled for a new interview date and then send an email message ten minutes before the interview to say that they forgot they had a pressing appointment today and can’t make it.
2. They show up to a job interview unprepared, with no understanding of the company’s business, without having formulated a single question and dressed unsuitably for an interview. When they sit down, they ask “Remind me which job ad I responded to?”
3. They do not mention during two interviews and three phone calls with your firm that they have a three-week vacation coming up in two weeks and won’t be able to start the job for at least a month and a half.
4. They get all the way through the interview process before remembering that they have no professional references whatsoever, despite having 15 years of work experience. When you ask them about the managers they reported to at the last several jobs listed on their resumes, they say “I don’t keep in touch with those people.”
5. They get to the job offer stage and then they say “I don’t want the job I’ve been interviewing for. I just applied for that job to get a foot in the door. What other jobs do you have?”
6. They drop out of sight when they are a finalist for a job opening. They stop returning calls and email messages. Three weeks later they re-surface and say “I was going for a better job but I didn’t get it. Can I still get this one?”
7. They use all of their air time during the job interview to ask questions — not questions about the job, the clients, the career path, the organization’s culture or the company’s mission — but questions about the exact dimensions of their workstation or office, the exact date of their first opportunity for a salary increase and a detailed list of the “perks” to be included in the job offer.
8. They specify that they require an annual salary of $50,000 to accept your offer, but when they get your offer for $51,000 it hits them that they should have asked for $57,000 instead — so they do.
9. They start the job and announce on their first day of work that they have to pick up their pre-schooler at 3:00 p.m. sharp three days a week — and the preschool is an hour away from your office. When you say “Gee, that may be hard to arrange since your job is to be our front desk receptionist, greeting visitors and answering our phones until five p.m.” they say “Wow! I thought this was a family-friendly workplace.”
10. They apply for jobs in your company that they aren’t remotely qualified for, over and over. You desperately hope that applying for random jobs on your website is not their entire job-search strategy!
It isn’t easy to be a job-seeker these days but it is easy to avoid these ten “Don’ts” and to keep your job search (and your reputation) professional.
If you’re not going to give an activity your best, why even begin? If you’re not going to bring your best professional game to your job search, what’s the point of reading job ads or replying to them?
You deserve a great job in a terrific organization. Employers deserve to see you at your brilliant, organized best. Give them what they want to get the job you deserve!
Liz Ryan is CEO/founder of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap. Follow her on Twitter and read Forbes columns.
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