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With access to the internet at our fingertips, there is absolutely NO reason not to be prepared for an interview. How you do anything is how you do everything. With this in mind, if you are not prepared…..it is highly likely….you will NOT get the job…at least not with me as the recruiter!
I have been an HR Professional for…well…let’s just say long enough to have seen enough to perhaps write a book.But before I share some of my stories, I think the reader should know that I am a TOUGH audience. Not very forgiving and not afraid to call you out. I have very high standards and expectations and I am not ashamed to say so.
Here are a few interviewing tips and examples of what NOT to do in an interview….not rocket science…..not difficult…just common sense stuff…..or maybe not.
Be on time
Candidate comes for 10 am interview at 10:11. When i call him out on it, he says, “My GPS said I was on time”. To which I replied, “Your GPS is wrong”. To which he replies, “My GPS said I was on time”. To which I replied, “Perhaps when you pulled into the parking space your GPS was correct, but according to my Smartphone GPS, you are 11 minutes late”. Now don’t get me wrong, 11 minutes late isn’t going to be a deal breaker if the guy is a solid candidate, but when you show up for an interview, you are really saying, “Pick me, pick me”, and being late…and arguing with the HR Manager…..well…..it doesn’t make me want to pick him.
Do NOT wear cologne, perfume etc
I was in a small office with a candidate that REEKED of…..I’m not sure what the cologne was….but I walked out of the interview with a splitting headache and questionable stomach. Not sure what he was hiding…or thinking but this is how I will remember him.
ALWAYS bring extra copies of your resume….into the interview with you
The same candidate, when asked if he had his resume, replied….”In the car….would you like me to go get it? It was pouring rain and I was tempted to say yes just to teach him a lesson, but I did have a copy and saying yes just seemed like I was being mean…which I am not. Intolerant of unpreparedness? Yes, but mean? No.
ALWAYS do your homework on your prospective company
This is self explanatory….and seriously folks…..has been SOP for….like 10+ years! Again…with the internet at our finger tips, there isn’t anything we can’t find out. This is a deal breaker for me. I mean, just a little effort is all it takes.
Have a professional e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org?? email@example.com; stonerboy@…..see where I’m going with this? Really folks??? Get a professional e-mail address, they are still free, aren’t they??
Be aware that prospective employers WILL google you, check out your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, and other social media venues. Bottom line: If your mom, kids, grandparents or significant other wouldn’t like what you post, DON’T POST IT!! Use common sense folks.
Another self-explanatory tip…but I have to tell you….I see the most unbelievable posts that will absolutely keep the author on unemployment.
These are just a few experiences I have had….just this week and in one day. I have years and years of material to share at a later date.