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7 Ways to Not Get the Job

Diverse job opportunities necessitate various qualities for an employee; thus, hiring managers seeks unique qualities from interview to interview. However, decision-makers have agreed that there are some annoying behaviors from applicants.

This article lists down several interviewee pet peeve of hiring managers as compiled by Larry Buhl of Yahoo! Hotjobs as well as what hiring managers says on the issues.

1. Send a “tnx 4 mtng” text message after an interview.

Inside sales support director of Technekes Kristin Terdik is greatly dismayed of the lost art of professional thank-you notes that features actual words on real paper.

Terdik expressed that “candidates directly out of school think they can send you a text message or an invitation to a social networking site, and that counts as a thank-you note.”

She further reiterated that “it doesn’t count, but so many entry-level people are doing it now I’m forced to cut them some slack.”

2. Spam your resume.

A hiring manager for a small manufacturer in central New York says that applicants tend to repeatedly apply for the same position and cite various websites where the job opportunity was posted. Spamming of resumes persistently annoys hiring managers. These behaviors cause unnecessary work for hiring managers.

McGuiness added, “While I realize the job market is tight and people are desperate, spamming your resume is a very bad idea.”

3. Ask the product or services offered by the company.

Peggy Rosenblatt, senior vice president for AKRF, Incorporated, an environmental planning and engineering consulting firm says “if candidates don’t have the curiosity or interest to do their homework on our website, then I am not interested in them.”

4. Bring the family.

Some hiring managers have been unpleasantly surprised when a candidate brings a baby or a child to an interview.

Erin Duddy, a recruiter at a small staffing firm in Raleigh recommends that “if you absolutely must bring children to the company, at least clear it ahead of time.”

Another sure way to get no salary and benefits is by bringing a spouse or parent to the interview – or letting a loved one negotiate your salary and benefits for you.

5. Use your cell phone while in the meeting.

Using of electronic gadget even while in the waiting room can reflect negatively says John O’Connor, a president

“Executive assistants often tell the boss everything, and if they see you constantly using your PDA, it may give the impression that you’re unfocused or easily distracted.”

6. Refrain from smiling, laughing too much, or crying.

A smile and a little sense of humor are crucial in interviews, no matter what the job maybe. O’Connor refreshed one story that was told by his hiring manager

“this person is great on paper but he’s so intense and humorless in person, I would never want to lunch with him.”

Conversely, a warning against undue giddiness was told by Frank Papa, operating partner at H.I.G. Capital in North Carolina.

“When a candidate laughs all the time, it says they are trying hard to be accepted and be liked.”

Nonetheless, laughing may be better than crying. A recruiting consultant based in Southern California said that she hates interviewing someone who, due to nervousness, cannot answer the questions and then break down to cry.

7. Bring your beverage.

It’s a big no for hiring managers when applicants bring their own take-out cups of coffee to drink during an interview. According to career strategist Barbara Safani, these attitudes of job-seekers can come across as far too informal.

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