5 Stupid Mistakes Job Applicants Make
Finding employment is important to most of us. So why would anyone make the mistake of not...
...by Becky Mease 8/2/10
Finding employment is important to most of us. So why would anyone make the mistake of not following basic, common sense when it comes to job seeking. Employers are just as leery of potential candidates as they are of them. If they chose the wrong candidate, it could cost them more than the new employee. That is why many companies require certain criteria of candidates before they are even interviewed. In order to keep an employers interest and not send them running for the hills, be sure to avoid these five stupid mistakes.
1. Follow all requirements they ask of you. Failing to follow the instructions the company has insisted upon may have you missing deadlines, leave you looking sloppy and unprofessional, and give the employer a feeling that you simply do not want the job. If you’re unable to follow the simple instructions they asked for pre-interview, how are you going to perform if you actually get the job?
2. TMI- too much information. Your cover letter and resume should contain professional information only. Employers are not interested in knowing that you have two kids and a dog named Brutus. Your husband left you alone to raise the children, and at 43 you face trying situations that have you thinking on your feet daily. Your family situation, health, age, and hobbies unrelated to the position you’re applying for mean little to nothing to them. And remember: make sure you have an appropriate email address and not firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Check the attitude at the door. Believe it or not, many candidates have been beyond rude when arriving for an interview. Whether they have made inappropriate comments to the secretary and other company staff or partook in a conversation on their cell that involved arguing and cursing in hearing distant of clients and customers has employers making up their minds before the actual interview. It is understandable that people make mistakes, but behavior like that gives employers a foresight in what they can expect of your behavior if employed.
4. Open mouth, insert foot. Be aware of what you are saying at all times. Don’t ask questionable questions or make comments that will have the employer questioning your common sense. Take pauses before answering questions- think before you speak- it’s allowed. Don’t ask a company rep when the baby’s due unless you’re absolutely positive she’s pregnant. And never tell the rep that you don’t know anything about the company. Do your research.
5. Focus on the company’s needs and not your own. Ask questions about the company and it’s mission goal and future expectations. Refrain from questioning their vacation policy and sick time. You may also want to hold back any suggestions on how to make their company function better unless you’re asked. They’ve obviously been successful without your help, and it’s best to wait until you’ve got a foot in the door before making any recommendations.