Having been a recruiter for nearly 25 years, I have realized that some job-seekers are subconsciously sabotaging their job-seeking efforts. Here are a few things that you might be preventing you from being hired:–
Don’t be desperate. Employers and recruiters can sense desperation from a mile away. Even if you are desperate, try to appear as positive and optimistic as possible.
Don’t whine in the interview. Even if things are tough, don’t assume the interviewer has a sympathetic ear. Don’t tell them how bad the market is and how tough things are for you. Appear confident and enthusiastic.
When a company asks you what job you are applying for, don’t say “Any Job”. That indicates that you are desperate and will take any position that comes up. Employers want to employ people who want THEIR jobs. Tell the interviewer the exact reason why you would like the position you are applying for and why you think you would be the most suitable candidate.
Inappropriate dress code. Many candidates ruin any chances of getting hired by having a bad first impression. Dress neatly, conservatively and professionally. Make a great first impression by having neat, shiny shoes, clean hair and a fresh appearance.
Don’t be a one-trick pony. Have a variety of methods when job-hunting. Go onto the job portals, contact recruitment agencies, use your own network and contacts.
Lacking energy. When you arrive at an interview, be slightly early, smile at the receptionist, walk with energy and look people in the eye. Shake hands with the interviewer and show off your personality.
Don’t show a lazy or bad attitude. Employers are looking for people with a “can do” attitude and who have no problem doing things that are not in their job descriptions. Always show that you are prepared to be humble and get your hands dirty and that you have a genuine desire to go the extra mile.